Saturday, December 27, 2008
Early pollen coming in
Pollen foragers are out as soon as it warms up in the morning. A quick taste of one of these pollen baskets taken from a worker's leg tells me it is from a blooming eucalyptus tree. The fact that pollen is coming into the hive indicates that the queen is laying eggs and that brood is present that needs to be fed. This is a good sign that the bees are doing well and that they are raising the new bees that will strengthen the colony for the spring build up.