The Bees and the Witch Hazel — an Almost Wordless Wednesday

Mary Beth: One warm day last week I wondered why my bees hadn’t visited the witch hazel. Seemed weird that they would pass up this opportunity to gather pollen from the only plant in bloom in the garden. Well, yesterday I wondered no more. They were giddy with it. It was a pollen party for the hive and probably the first taste of pollen for all the new bees that emerged from their cells over the winter.

Why it took them a week to find it, I don’t know. Maybe the pollen wasn’t ready for the bees, or perhaps the bees weren’t ready for the pollen. If only I could peek into those little brains!

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  1. I need help! I am growing worms in a 15 gal pot with another pot on top to keep the moisture in. Bees have moved into the top pot. I am worried about my worms, and I don’t want to hurt the bees. Got any ideas? These bees need to be moved as they are right next to the door into my chicken coop.

    1. Uh oh — are they honeybees? Is it a swarm? Bees in the warmer parts of the country are starting to swarm now. Honeybees are fairly docile when they’re swarming because they don’t have a hive to protect, but you should call a local beekeeper who will most likely be happy to help with relocating the bees. Don’t call an exterminator, they will kill the bees. If you need help locating a beekeeper, get back to us and we’ll see what we can do.

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