Yummy Nectar

Our front yard has a collection of succulents and cacti.  Many of these flower throughout the year providing a nice source of nectar for our bees.

We have a large Kalanchoe marnieriana plant that produces pink-orange flowers full of nectar.

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We also have several aloe vera plants that bloom. These have longer pink flowers which also provide a source of nectar.  Here are two bees foraging.

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Nothing beats the joy of seeing your bees finding food right from your own yard.

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Drink Up

While outside preparing some honey to feed to one of our hives that had low stores, this girl landed on my sticky finger for a drink of honey.  You can even see she had been out collecting pollen as she had some yellow pollen in her pollen basket.  When she was done I watched as she flew right back to her hive.

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