Early Pollination

The warm weather today allowed the bees to get outside and take advantage of some of the crocus that are blooming at the moment. Thankfully I got home at the warmest part of the day and was able to see them in full swing.

A little bee gathering nectar from one of the random flowers that seeded its self in the grass.

This one shows a different bee, with pollen in it’s baskets.

The bees weren’t too interested in these but they were pretty so they got a picture.

More full pollen baskets. Spring is on its way! I’m debating whether I should start feeding them or not to give them a strong build up for summer. You might not notice this but there are a lot less bees out at the moment then there were at the end of last year. This is expected, due to the number of deaths that occur during winter. Feeding them would signal to the queen that spring is on its way, so she would lay more eggs. This would strain the colony though because they would have to keep those new eggs warm. I think I’m going to wait a little bit. Just to be safe. Maybe at the end of the month if the grape hyacinths haven’t bloomed yet.

And lastly, the sun. It was too pretty not to take a picture of it.

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