Day 13: Stay at Home or In the Garden: Dandelion and Bee

 

Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions. Dandelions are a group of flowering plants that grow in many parts of the world. They are also known as Taraxacum spp., though Taraxacum officinale is the most common species. You may be most familiar with dandelions as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden. Gardeners either want them in the yard or they don’t, and both sides are correct.

Dandelions are also know for many culinary uses. They are high in vitamins and the leaves are good in salads, the taproot can be ground into a coffee substitute, the flowers make wine and with the addition of sugar, some people make a honey-substitute. However, be careful, not all dandelions are suitable for cooking.

In keep in our garden ad beehive, flowering fruit plants and big bright dandelions with almost no bees. At the moment I can imagine that flours are so abundant that bees prefer other flowers than dandelions; it was not so easy to find and take a picture of bees over dandelions, but at least a few of them discovered these flowers. When cherries blossoms, apple blossoms… dandelions will turn more attractive for bees.

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Poppy Flower and Bee (Red Color and Bees)

Poppy Flower and Bee

Can bee’s see red color?

Bees don’t see red.

To a bee, red will appear the same as black, but they will be ble to see any ultra violet reflected from what is to us a red (or black) surface.No. A bee’s colour vision extends from orange-yellow to ultra-violet. They can’t see red, but they can see ultra-violet, which we can’t.

More in:

http://westmtnapiary.com/Bees_and_color.html

http://brookfieldfarmhoney.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/what-colors-do-bees-see-and-painting-bee-hives/

 

 

Apricot Blossom and Butterfly

The winter is gone and it’s spring now. It’s a pleasure looking at the bees and the butterflies in the garden collecting the nectar from the flowers. 

Sometimes I would hold the time, feel the sun warming us again, smell the perfume of the flowers and sit quite for a long time looking at what is going around.

Here some pics of these moments.

 

Spring in the Air

After two very mild  winter days we really feel the spring in the air. In the garden mostly white and violet or purple flower are appearing everywhere and we almost think it’s already spring. The rhubarb is ready to come out … the countdown already begun  !

Wintersweet and Honeybee (January)

Chimonanthus praecox, “wintersweet”, is a flowereing plant endemic from China.

Since I was a child I was attracted by this beautiful so nice scented plant.

Late in the winter, but this year already mid January, we can find this flours in some garden. We enjoy this flowers and if the sun is shining and we have the opportunity to get 10°C, we can see that honeybee love this flours as well.

Bubble Bee Mating

bubble bee couple 1 bubble bee couple 2

Bzzzzz….. Bzzzzzz…..

WOW! A couple of bubblebees hanging on a flower, swinging the whole stem and making loder noises attracted my attention.

Looking closer I saw the reason: they wish a family!

What makes a bee buzz? It’s the beating of their wings! (read more about here)

Honey Bee and Columbine Flower (Nectar)

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This honey bee can reach the pollen from below the flowers. Honey bee tongues and not long enough to reach the nectar from this point (sse my previous post), but they have  helpers. Other insects as some bubble bees with stonger mandibulas are able to chew a hole in the nectar spur. in this way the nectar storage is open for honey bees as well!