It has been a mild December for us here is South Florida. Our hives have been reduced down to one brood chamber, but the bees are active and foraging. So far our average day time temperatures have been 77-80° F (25-27° C). With our temperate climate there is always some type of flower in bloom year round. Right now Florida Pusley (Richardia scabra), also commonly called Mexican Clover, is blooming everywhere. Many people consider it a weed, but its small white-purplish flowers are a good source of pollen and nectar for bees.
This worker bee was foraging in my backyard.
Love the photos. You weren’t kidding about it being a mild December – those temps are warmer than the average British summer’s day!
Thanks! We finally got a few cooler days (by just a few degrees), but still a mild winter season so far.
Lovely to see the bees flying, great photos to look at on a cold day!
The pictures you took are amazing! The picture with the white pollen on the bee is gorgeous…
I love the photos of the foraging bee, she looks so pretty covered in white pollen!