Sunday, March 18, 2012

Early Bees

I'm really excited about starting the hives this year.  The truth is, I've become just a teensy bit obsessed with bees.

I've been reading some great books and watching tons of YouTube vids all about bees.  

I heart YouTube.

But that's not what I'm here to tell you.

I'm here to tell you that the feral bees are out!!

We've seen a couple of different kinds - the brown/gold kind and the black/yellow kind.     I'm thinking that maybe there are two feral hives somewhere close by.

It's possible.

My photography skills aren't stellar, but I just had to try to get some photographic proof that the feral bees are flying.

So today I sat down in our bed of grape hyacinth and took lots of pics of flowers where bees had just been. 

It's hard to take pics of bees.

They move around a lot.

A lot, I tell you!

And then I got this one.

I hope you're impressed.

Take a look at that big yellow spot on her back leg.   That's a pollet basket.  Bees mix the pollen they gather with bee spit and pack it into their baskets to take back to the hive.   You can tell she's been busy.


4 comments:

  1. Heather and I were wondering where you will be getting your bees. Will you try to attract a feral colony or acquire them from another beekeeper?

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  2. Hi Saige! We'll be getting our bees from Graham's Bee Works in Martinsville. Once we get a little experience [and an extra hive] we will try to attract swarms of feral bees.

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  3. I'm very impressed that you got that picture! I'm even more impressed that you were sitting in the flowers waiting to get it! :-) I was thinking of you today as I got home and saw swarms of bees running around (well, flying around). It made me think of the wasp and hornet nests I meant to knock down while it was cold and the yellowjacket nest in my backyard I wanted to neutralize. Oh well. Too late.

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  4. I am also impressed. :) And excited for you!

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