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The Bees of Spring

August 16, 2016 thebeeswaggle

I have spent many hours observing bees, and it occurred to me that it would be really fun to post a series on the bees of spring, summer, and fall.  This series will build on itself, and at the end you will see a large variety of bee species flying in the warm months of the year!

Bees don’t all emerge at the same time, nor do they depart from this world at the same time.  Groups of bees enter at differing times from spring to fall, and all of them are important to the pollination of the flowers blooming at the time of their existence, especially specialist bees!

I will begin with a collage of the early risers of bee species; those of spring.  I have chosen to stick with a pictorial tour because I happen to have pictures of all of these bees. This collage is NOT all inclusive, nor were all pictures take in the spring months, but it will give you an idea of the bees to expect to see in the spring, and the bees included in the tour are all generalists, meaning they visit any available blooms.

Spring is the quiet entrance of hope after the long months of cold.  Buds begin to develop into edible provisions for the buzzing insects we call bees, among other pollinators! 

Increasingly, the quiet calm of snowy earth begins to awaken into a vivacious show of diverse life, interdependent on each other.

Early bloomers need early risers, and early risers are eager to eat, the two benefit each other in a sort of web of life.  This is where the tour begins, enjoy!

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Honey bees really never go away, but do come out in temperatures as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit!  We all know and love them for the sweet treat they make, and we sometimes take, honey! 

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Halictus bees begin in early spring too! They can be rather small, thus difficult to spy, but if you look closely, you will find them!

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Bumble bees are early risers, and this furry coats assists in their ability to stay warm and transport pollen from bloom to bloom in cooler temperatures (some fly at 37 degrees Fahrenheit)!

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Anthidium, also known as the wool carder bee, rises in the spring months, and is often seen buzzing around lamb’s ear, because the ladies of this bunch use the wooly hairs from this plant to line their nests.

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Andrena, also known as a mining bee, emerges in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and uses the sun to warm up and take flight!

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Osmia: Also known as the mason bee, rises as early as March! Maybe the dark color serves as a sort of thermal wear for her.  Fruit trees are a favorite for these bees, and you know fruit trees are some of the earliest to bloom!





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