Friday, June 3, 2011

Busy Bee

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower

~Isaac Watts from Against Idleness~

A couple of weeks ago I was out and about taking photos of flowers and was immediately drawn to this one, and then I saw the honey bee.

A honey bee carries pollen back to its hive in the pollen basket (the yellow area on its leg).

It moistens the forelegs with its protruding tongue and brushes the pollen that has collected on its head, body and forward appendages to the hind legs. In the hive pollen is used as a protein source necessary during brood rearing.

I found this diagram of a honey bee's anatomy on line.


JJ said...

What lovely photos Denise and don't we take these creatures for granted?
Great little post.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful shots of the bees Denise and great explanation of their pollen basket. My raspberry blooms are covered with honey bees right now.

Valerie said...

Enjoyed the lesson, Denise. I keep harping on about saving our bees but I regret to say I know nothing about how they work ... until now.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pics. You have a lot of patience.

jabblog said...

The bees are very busy now - so small and yet so essential to our lives.

Jane and Chris said...

What amazing photos, Denise!!
I love to walk past our apple trees (in blossom) and hear the buzzing of bees! And yes, I have been known to sing 'buzz buzz buzz buz busy bee, busy bee' to them!
Jane x

Janet said...

Fabulous photographs-I agree we do take these creatures, for granted-lovely post.

Sharon said...

Great pictures! I sure do appreciate bees! Now, what is the reasoning behind wasps?

Out on the prairie said...

i always watch for that pollen on all bees. I like to watch them and haven't been stung since back in the 60's but remain allergic to the little critters.

gigihawaii said...

Amazing photos, Denise! Wow, incredible! You should submit them to your local newspaper for publication. I am serious! Check it out.

Kathiesbirds said...

Denise, you are seeing the world in miniature here! Just lovely!

Patty said...

They are busy little bees, pollinating everything in their path. Hope your friend/relative is getting the post cards mailed into the library. Happy week-end.

Don't unplug your hub said...

I have a hive Denise.I never collect the honey from it. I don't like to disturb the bees. They scare me a bit too. :-)

MarieElizabeth said...

Wonderful macro of the bee on a mission!

Cloudia said...

you really are a top flight blogger!

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Janie said...

Lovely shots of the blooms and bees.
Enjoyed the bee anatomy diagram.

Susan said...

Hello Denise, thank you for visiting my blog - I've been over here checking yours out. It's delightful too!
I was particularly drawn to this post. Beautiful close-ups of the flower and bee.
My hubby keeps a beehive and we love to watch our bees working away in our garden. They pollen from our natives, herbs right through to the weed flowers.... a good excuse for my lack of interest in weeding ;-). Mind you, they don't come out quite so early these chilly mornings, as we've just started into winter.
Cheers for now, Susan :D)

eileeninmd said...

Great series, Denise! Your flowers are lovely and fantstic closeups of the honey bee.