I noticed recently, a couple of weekends ago, that Ariadne hive, pun intended, was buzzing with activity. Thought I'd share one reason why...
The girls were flying in loaded up with pollen...
Then I realized that they are in close proxmitiy to a large dewberry patch on our property that I've been cultivating and mowing around over the years to keep it just dewberries. See all those white flowers?
|Beehive near dewberries|
They are dewberry blooms! That means that the bees don't have far to fly to reach this wonderful source of pollen. A quick flight over...
...and back, bringing pollen to the hive.
This is just one part of this particular dewberry patch, it's probably an acre in size. As I walked up to it, you could literally HEAR the buzzing from the bees. We have dewberry patches scattered all around the property but because some areas are hard to reach, I've been mowing around this spot for a few years (and even cleared a path through it) to make gathering easier.
|Bees on flowers|
Can you see the bees in this photo? There are four. It was the best picture I could get because they were always in motion. I wanted one that had lots of bees in it.
We're not 100% sure it's the bees (possibly the mild Winter, or a combination of both), but 2nd Family said they've never seen this many blooms on the dewberries. They also said their fruit trees are covered in blooms (and bees!) so we do believe that bees make the world a better place.