Finally the rains have come. This has been an almost record breaking year for heat and dryness here in Washington, and with this overly extended good weather (certainly the driest year I’ve ever seen) I’ve been concerned for the bees. They have yet to spend a day confined to the hive, and their level of activity is worrisome. There was an ’emergence’ from White Hive yesterday, and the bees were busy enough that they could be heard from the house again, which hasn’t happened for several weeks now. And while I was out listening to them I noticed several bumble bees out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen bumble bees out so late in the year.
There is also nothing in bloom right now. I have no idea where my bees are going everyday. The only thing in bloom in my yard is a pink dahlia, and only bumble bees have ever visited that. Our ever-bearing raspberries have fruited again, and they didn’t do that last year.
I know the bees have ample honey, so I’m not too worried about them going through that, but they didn’t have as much pollen as I would’ve liked, last time I opened the hive. I don’t know of anything that blooms this late in the year. Maybe I’ll check my flora/fauna book tomorrow.
Anyway! I was so excited about the rain I had to run out and stand in it when I first heard it. And then promptly run back inside to write a post!