The bees were flying well today and yesterday. The hum was so lovely to hear after it being so quiet all winter. Such a comforting sound like the hum of a warm summers day.
I photographed this bee on one of the Hellebore flowers. If you look closely you can see the pollen baskets on her legs are full of pollen . This is a good sign it means that the hive this bee is from already has an egg laying queen .
|Honey Bee collecting pollen|
This worker is collecting fresh pollen to feed the young larva . They are fed on both honey and pollen .the honey provides the carbohydrates and vitamins while the pollen provides the protein .
|Bees going into hive|
Unfortunately I have lost one hive it was small. I had split the strongest hive in two and with the wet weather summer during the summer they just hadn’t become strong enough to get them through such a hard winter. Or maybe the Queen was just not fertile enough.
The worst isn’t over yet I will have to check them to see how much food they have left to get them through to the early summer so they don’t starve.