May 20, 2019
Signs of Spring
- as seen by -John Stahl
With the decline of the western honey bee (Apis mellifera), I am always interested in sightings, particularly in our gardens. Possible causes of the drop in their numbers include pesticides, pathogens, and colony collapse disorder according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Research through surveys and analyses are among the conservation plans to help protect them.
Here in Baldwin, we begin to see bees in our backyard as early as March, depending on the weather. It is more likely to see them if temperatures are in the 50F to 60F degree range, and if there are suitable plants to attract them. This particular bee is gathering pollen and nectar from a giant crocus, a sign of the spring season.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The photo above was chosen as the top submission for Wild View’s Winter Ends and Spring Begins assignment. Congratulations!
Canon EOS 7D, 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens