Foraging Bee

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.

You can see the white fuzzy pollen all over her head and she already has some yellow pollen in her pollen basket.

You can see the white fuzzy pollen all over her head and she already has some yellow pollen in her pollen basket.

Taking flight.

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Here you can actually see the her wings are damaged, but she had no problem flying from flower to flower.

Here you can actually see that her wings are damaged, but she had no problem flying from flower to flower.

Off she goes again!

Off she goes again! Loaded with pollen.

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7 comments on “Foraging Bee

  1. Emily Heath says:

    Love the photos. You weren’t kidding about it being a mild December – those temps are warmer than the average British summer’s day!

  2. Lovely to see the bees flying, great photos to look at on a cold day!

  3. Robin Cook says:

    The pictures you took are amazing! The picture with the white pollen on the bee is gorgeous…

  4. I love the photos of the foraging bee, she looks so pretty covered in white pollen!

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