An amazing mature witchhazel in a fountain of November flower. A great honeybee shrubbery as it is a asymetric sort of bloomer. It could snow tonight!
I snapped this a few weeks back. The echinacea, also known as the coneflower, was The nectar font of choice for the bees and butterflies. Frequently there would be three or four bees on one flower. Buzzing and humming even on close approach. Occasionally they would bump into each other when rotating around the flower.
Pictured is a native bee (top) and a non-native honeybee. Amazingly this plant still has flowers on it today but its nectary has seemingly dried up as there is very little insect action on the plant.
Humans use this member of the daisy family to help with a lot of cold-like symptoms…
These perennials are great to plant in an area where you can easily observe the action. Easy to care for and at least the “Giant Coneflower” lasts July through August.
scrap heat cleaning hive
last years mystery collapse
doh! torched finger
Her name is Vi. I know…. very old fashioned name, but hey, she is a honeybee, real old time pet and human companion. We have been farming bees on this planet for at least 3000 years (honey hunts documented back to at least, like, 15,000BC !). Vi and her gals come to our cement BeePond throughout the day….
Notice her proboscis just to the left of her front leg, below her left compound eye. Water sucked up there and stored for a trip back to her hive which is about 70 human feet away. I have never been able to hear her or the others drinking. So quiet. Civilized. Nude.
If you click on her you’ll get a full size image. Pinkltink_3 snapped this image. Notice how incredibly hairy honeybees are….Very cuddly.