Bees are beautiful
Almost no other insects compare to its beauty. At least in Zach's eyes. You know why? Because he is a beeholder :)
Bees are sweet^M
Bees produce honey, which is the earliest sweet humans used. Yet it actually protects your teeth!^M ^M ^M ^M
Bees are social
Honey bees have a society almost as complex as our own! They cooperate, have a voting process (for swarming), everyone is born equal (in terms of becoming a queen or worker), and send their soldiers to war...
Posted on April 21st, 2015 No comments
April 21. Cherries, both Japanese cherries, Nanking cherries (Prunus tomentosa) and perhaps also the edible cherries, I assume, are starting to bloom. Red maple is basically done (started about 7 days ago). Forsythia has been blooming for about 4 days. Lenten rose (Hellebore) also bloomed for a while, I had seen bees on this flower in NC but not here. Red maples are basically done blooming, Norway maple is starting to bloom. I have seen solitary bees foraging on this tree. Boxelder also blooming, I have seen bees in China foraging on this (and has some far away photos).
April 17. Red maple is blooming, I saw some bees (a few looked like honey bees!). Crocuses are basically done. Pussy willows are in peak bloom, lots of honeybees and native bees.
April 6, Beal botanical gardens: I saw and photographed honey bees, parasitic wasps, and some solitary bees on: winter aconite, chionodoxa, anemone flowers, and Christmas rose. Honey bees were also foraging on witchhazel (behind North Kezie), with yellow flowers and strong (but pleasant) odor. Only a few Schilla and did not see bees. Puchkinia not out yet, crocus (only one) was withering. Skunk cabbage was also blooming (only 2 flowers, so no bees).
This post is linked to from http://bees.msu.edu/flowers and will be updated 1-2 times per every 2 weeks.