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Worker bumblebee in a rhododendron

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 25, 2012

It will take a lot of grooming to gather up all the pollen on this bumblebee. Zoom in on the picture to get a good look at the pollen.

worker bumblebee

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A perfect match

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 20, 2012

June blueberries start to blossom just when the queen bumblebees become active after winter hibernation. It’s rare for a bumblebee to pose for picture. The queens usually want to buzz around you in large circles.

June blueberry blossoms

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Licorice Mint (Anise Hyssop)

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 9, 2010

A distinctive yellow bumblebee visits the Licorice Mint flowers. This plant meets many of the requirements of an ideal plant for bees. It will blossom from now right through to fall frosts. It is a favorite of bumblebees and honeybees. It produces above average amounts of nectar. For sure we will gather seeds from this year to expand our planting for next year.

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Alsike clover starts blooming

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 30, 2010

After a couple of weeks of clover bloom the bumblebees and honeybees are taking note. The clover makes for a great staple diet for the bees right through until the fall frosts.

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Worker bumblebees take over.

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 27, 2010

I walked down a row of Elliott blueberry bushes (over 100 plants). There was at least one worker bumblebee for every bush. Some blueberry plants had 2, 3 or more worker bumblebees at work. I encountered less than 5 honeybees.

worker bumblebee

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Vetch

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 12, 2009

Since vetch is a source of birdseed it’s no surprise that vetch keeps showing up around the farm. It’s a tough plant to eradicate once established. Vetch flowers are a favorite of  bumblebees.

Bumblebee on vetch

Bumblebee on vetch

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Now that’s a bumblebee

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 27, 2009

The search for bumblebee pictures has taken me to the Kihei Surfside in south Kihei, Maui. (see blogroll)  Honeybees were enjoying the same flower as the bumblebee in the picture. While here we are enjoying some excellent Lehua Honey.

Lehua honey comes purely from the Lehua blossom which is the flower of the ‘Ohi’a tree, a beautiful, native hardwood found in verdant, rolling pastures 4,000 feet up the north side of Mauna Kea volcano. This creamy, spreadable honey has a unique, volcanic-mountain, floral taste. Source:http://www.volcanoislandhoney.com/honey.htm

Huge Maui bumblebee

Huge Maui bumblebee

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