Spring Check: The Girls eat their Broccoli and Clean their Feet

Bee in a borage flower

Bee in a borage flower

Whenever the sun comes out the bees are busy. They are always in the borage, which reseeds itself in our yard and grows like a weed.
Bee gathering pollen from a peach flower

Bee gathering pollen from a peach flower


One day I tried to see if there was any pattern to which flowers the bees were interested in. What I discovered is that the peach tree flowers only attracted a little attention. It was the broccoli that I allowed to flower that they were most excited about. Who knew that bees like broccoli?
One bee on a broccoli flower with a little pollen already gathered

One bee on a broccoli flower with a little pollen already gathered


A bee with a large sac of pollen collecting more from the broccoli

A bee with a large sac of pollen collecting more from the broccoli

The biggest surprise was in the hives. All three hives have been very busy. We’ll be able to harvest (steal) honey soon. And where there isn’t honey, there is the whitest comb I’ve ever seen.

A frame of white wax and bees.

A frame of white wax and bees.


Just in case anyone thinks it's a trick of the lighting, here's a view of the white wax from another direction.

Just in case anyone thinks it's a trick of the lighting, here's a view of the white wax from another direction.


I’ve heard that the wax usually gets it’s yellow color from the little bees feet. If so, these are the cleanest bees ever!

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2 Responses to Spring Check: The Girls eat their Broccoli and Clean their Feet

  1. teknomunk says:

    Very nice pictures!

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