Category Archives: Forage

Bee Flowers – March

Until today – I’ve never seen a bee on a dandelion and didn’t really believe they found them interesting but here’s the evidence they do and the pollen loads are yellow. Click photo for bigger view:

Yellow Daffodil Pollen
Yellow Daffodil Pollen

Please note – the three most important plants for bees in March are Dandelion, Gorse (aka Furze) and Willow.

Click the photos below for a bigger version and note the colours of the pollen loads.

Dandelion Pollen Loads
Dandelion (Tarraxacum spp.)
Honey bee gorse pollination of Ulex europaea
Honeybee gathering pollen from the Gorse
Honey bee approaching willow catkin
Honeybee zoning in on Willow catkin

More bee flowers for March in the table below:

Flowers for Bees - March

Click here for Gorse Pollination

Click here for more about Dandelions

Click here for Mahonia

Click here for Hellebore

Click here for Bee Trees: Poplar

Click here for Bee Trees: Willow

Click here for February Bee Flowers

Click here for April Bee Flowers

Click here for May Bee Flowers

Click here for June Bee Flowers

Click here for July Bee Flowers

Click here for August Bee Flowers

Click here for September Bee Flowers

Click here for October Bee Flowers

Click here for November Bee Flowers

Copyright ©, 2016.  All Rights Reserved.

Remote Bee Hive Monitoring

Remote hive monitoring by Arnia is space age technology for bees – all linked up to a central hub on the mother ship over the mobile phone network.
Of course there is no substitute for visiting the bees but a system like this could be very useful not only in preparing your next visit but also monitoring the results of your efforts from a safe distance.
A road test would be handy!

Continue reading Remote Bee Hive Monitoring

Bee Trees – Poplar (Populus spp)

Certain species of Poplar are a valuable source of propolis for honey bees. The spring catkins may be visited for pollen and the spores of a parasitic rust fungus may be an alternative protein source in times when pollen is in short supply.

Poplars are a complex, wind-pollinated, pioneer tree species and they interbreed like mad; as a result they can be difficult to identify. There are many species world wide and several native to Europe. In addition, fast growing hybrid cultivars have been bred and these are much planted for timber. There is also interest in the fast growing varieties for short rotation coppice as a biomass crop.

In Ireland only two Poplars are considered native – although other species have been introduced as ornamental trees or for timber, shelter-belt or screening. Continue reading Bee Trees – Poplar (Populus spp)