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OUR BEES ON FLOWERS
AROUND OUR HOME & APIARY

 

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People often ask me what wild flowers do my bees use to make my honey.  The list is very long; however, the above are some purple wild flowers which I planted around our home (near the apiary), because the bees love this flower and it even blooms during our Florida winters.  The day this picture was taken it had made it all the way down to 40 degrees.

I discovered a couple of the sources for the white and bright yellow pollen that our bees are bringing into their hive.  Our yard was covered with a combination of a native Florida wildflower called the Mimosa Powderpuff or Sensitive Plant (left picture below) and Daisy Fleabane (middle or second photo below).  That's right our yard has mainly weeds (wildflowers) and only a little grass.  The Sensitive Plant has leaves that close when you touch them (fun, no danger to the bees).  The bees use the pollen as a protein food.

I went out one morning and found our bees collecting nectar and pollen from these two wildflowers.  The bees seem to love them. If you look closely at the photos you can see the white pollen sac and yellow pollen sacs on the bees hind legs.  The third or far right photo shows the tongue dipping for nectar.

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Below are our bees busy gathering red pollen from the small white flowers in our front yard.  You can barely see the red pollen on the flowers' yellow stamens, but when collected and stowed in the bees' pollen sacs, it is definitely red.

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The photos below are of our bees on the tiny white flowers of the Brazilian Pepper trees which border one side of our property.

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The bee below is barely able to to get in to position to lick up the nectar
from a tiny, lavender snapdragon type wildflower near the apiary.

My bees really enjoy the nectar (and yellow pollen) from the
 Spanish Needles (or Nettles) wildflower (photo below):


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