The Bee’s Trees

Last year I noted that most of the bees I observed in the garden were wild bees and not the domestic honey bee that we were so used to seeing. But was I looking in the wrong places?  This last Sunday, while working in the garden I noticed the distinct vuvuzela hum of bees. I looked over the perennial beds, trying to see what flowers were receiving all the attention. It took me a moment to realize that the sound was coming from above, from the 3 to 5 m (9 to 15 ft.) height of the canopy of our  Amur Maple (Acer ginnala). The flower clusters were active with bees of all sizes, as well as some wasps and flies.  By far the greatest number of visitors were domestic honeybees. It was good to see their activity and the stuffed pollen sacs, a good indicator that at least one hive was thriving and homing in on this major food source.

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