bee in a pansy
Rare visit by bee to a pansy.

The side of our house smells like honey during the day this week and well it should as the bees are foraging like crazy. Flower choices are limited at this time of year, perhaps, that is why I saw a bee land on a pansy–bees aren’t attracted to this flower and it left after a few seconds. We keep my bee-attracting growth in one area–like heather and lavender.

Bee in heather
Now, this is more like it.

I took a shot of bees returning to the hive–note the yellow sac on the bee in the upper right–that’s collected nectar.

Bee in upper left returning with a full nectar (yellow) sac.

Bees, birds and butterflies are responsible for pollenating more than a third of the crops in the world.


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