Crocus Bees

A sunny morning in late February after a frosty start and still a bit on the nippy side – no more than 8 degrees – but the bees are out and eagerly mobbing the crocuses which are quite important bee flora – especially as the snowdrops are nearly over and there isn’t much else about. They are only just opening now but should be open every sunny day from now until mid-March. The bees won’t get honey from these but fresh pollen at this time of the year is important as it will give them all a bit of a boost and help get the queen laying.

Bees with crocus pollen

You can see the bright orange stamens inside the flower and grains of orange pollen on the flower petals and on the bees (below). Once packed tight into the corbiculae (pollen baskets) though, the pollen loads are quite a dirty shade of orange as you can see on these two little airborne bees. There’s another at work inside the flower. Click the photos for a better view.

Crocus crowded with bees

There were three bees in this flower although you can only see two, it’s hardly open but it should be well pollinated.

But if the weather is just too shitty to bear – click here to watch this clip of me and Al instead. Trust me.

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2 thoughts on “Crocus Bees”

    1. Hello Gerry,
      Funny you should mention that! The plan is to post photos of bees with pollen as flowers come into bloom through the year. So far there are photos in the posts ‘Garden Heathers’, ‘Snowdrops’ and ‘Crocus Bees’ and there is a chart in the ‘Bee Flora’ post with a guide to some of the more common bee flowers and including pollen colours.

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