Thursday, May 19, 2011

Collecting Pollen

The bees are having a great time collecting pollen.  Judging from the queue in the picture below, we will need to widen the entrance soon.

The pollen is in little sacs on their legs called pollen baskets. Some collected orange pollen and some have collected a yellow pollen today.  Different flowers, different pollen.

In the above picture, a bee who has already deposited her collection is now departing to go get some more. Her legs are pollen-free.

1 comment:

  1. Love your pics! Whenever I see bess with the pollen on their legs, it reminds me of *Bumble Bee* by Margaret Wise Brown: "Black and yellow, little fur bee, buzzing away in the timothy ... where are you taking your golden plunder, humming along like baby thunder?"


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