The other day when I arrived at my Mom and Dad's house, I noticed the three rather large sedum in the front bed were covered with honeybees.
It's very exciting to see, as hive collapses across the country continues to be a problem, and for the past few Summers honeybees really were a rare sight in the Garden. It makes me happy to see that they seem to have made a comeback. The only question now is if we should be worried about an early Winter? I mean, they seem to be frantic...even for busy bees.
|Did you know that all worker bees are females? The Queen decides as she lays eggs whether or not to fertilize it? Worker bees are the result of fertilized eggs, whereas drones (male bees) are the result of unfertilized eggs.|
|The Autumn clematis is quite stunning this year. And the bees LOVE it!|
|The worker bees remove the pollen that collects on their fronts and packs it into the pollen baskets. However, plenty of pollen they miss is moved from flower to flower, rubbed onto the pistil, and thus cross pollination occurs.|
|Almost all of the world's food supply relies on cross pollination by honey bees, corn being the main exception.|
|Who knew these ladies were so interesting?|