Saturday, June 26, 2010
To Bee or Not To Bee
I was totally thrilled to spy honey bees just a couple of days ago! It seems we had the hive collapse syndrome or other problems with our local honey bees for a few years as there were none to be seen. Now I'm in the garden a lot, and I am always looking at the general and particular state of any number of insects around here. Luckily, there are other pollinators in our area, including the big woolly bumblebees, but I wondered if I'd ever see the good old workhorse, honey bee again.
I'm not an expert and have no idea where their hives are, etc. But here I was photographing the blooms of our local milkweed plants (because I'm totally fascinated by how in the heck these pretty flowers turn into those big pointy seed pods! I keep reminding myself to try to watch the process...then I forget to pay attention!) There were several bees hovering and nectaring on these lovely flowers. They were moving pretty rapidly, so their images are a bit blurred, but I am so happy to discover they are back in the neighborhood!
And Purrmeister says "Relax, Have a Happy Sunday on Me!"
His human says..."What am I growing here, a giant? How much bigger is this cat that rules the camper going to get??"