Sunday, February 23, 2014

First flowers of the year

We were out walking yesterday and spotted our first flowers of the year. After a few minutes of internet searching I discovered the its name. It is Erodium cicutarium, redstem filaree.
Thanks MU see link:University of Missouri Extension

I found several of these plants near our home. This picture was taken on February 22, 2014 in our neighborhood in Boulder County, Colorado. I saw many plants flowering in southern exposed undisturbed (weedy) soil (clay). We are having a normal winter with snow on the ground weekly, either from larger snows (+5 inches) that take several days to melt, or smaller (<2 inches) that melt the following 24 hrs.
I didn't see any honey bees on the flowers, although I did see many bees flying in and out of my hives. The temperature is low, for bees, at about 55F.

I believe this is pollen coming into the hive.

I think this is maple pollen. My wife says she saw bees on a maple tree in our neighborhood. Below is a picture of the flower buds. I didn't see any bees on this tree, nor did I see any open flower buds on this tree but there must be somewhere on the canopy or on other trees.

Here is a link to Wikipedia that I use to help identify individual pollens.
Spring fever has officially started.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Winter Buzz

Wow, I was dumping some kitchen scraps into the compost pile and noticed some raiding.

They aren't really eating it just messing with the coffee grounds.

They are flying and bringing home what I'm guessing is propolis.

Otherwise they seem to be doing good. Both hives had bees flying in and out. The temperature was in the low 60's.
Its still too early to plant stuff outside but the warm days are a nice change to melt some of the snow.