Honey Bees at Work

Honey bee at work in our redbud tree, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. April 14, 2010.

Have you heard of CCD?  Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder?

In the past few weeks I have read or seen stories about the disappearing honey bees.  It’s a cause for concern because honey bees pollinate a sizable portion of our fruits and vegetables.  The causes of the collapse are not well understood, but bee keepers are having some success in rebuilding colonies.

I was working in the yard yesterday near our redbud tree when I heard buzzing.  Looking around I found a couple of bumble bees flitting about.  I went in to get my camera, but by the time I got back the bumble bees were gone.  I did, however, find a couple of honey bees hard at work.

I haven’t heard of any problems with the bigger bumble bees, so I imagine I can try to capture a picture of them just about any time.  Under the circumstances I’m glad I found these hard-working honey bees.

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16 Responses to “Honey Bees at Work”

  1. busy bee suz Says:

    What a beautiful capture George.
    I also have read about this issue with the bees. I even planted lots of sunflowers around my veggie garden area to attract bees…hoping they keep on pollinating.

  2. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    You did get great shots of them.Have a lovely day.

  3. Susie Says:

    Oh yes, I have definitely heard of the honey bee decline. Luckily I am seeing a few at work. Now those bumble bees are a buzz everywhere.

    Tell Betsy I have tried to load her site twice now and can’t get it to come up. Will try later.

  4. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Nice to see the bees being very busy.

  5. Tricia Says:

    Oh Oh OH! That’s sooo pretty! Beautiful beautiful spring!!!

  6. NCMountainwoman Says:

    It’s always a treat to see honeybees. Nice photographs.

  7. Karin Says:

    Interesting about the decline of the honeybees – will have to google for more info. It wouldn’t surprise me though, considering what’s happening to our air quality all around the globe. Don’t know the different kinds of bees – but these look like the wasps we have around here – an elongated body. As long as they are doing the pollinating and keep away from us I’m fine!!

  8. Jen Says:

    I guess they love all your blooms too.
    Be careful using your macro lens on Them. ha.

  9. Mary Says:

    I can’t imagine a world without honey bees, but have seen similar worrisome messages about their problems. I hope that bee keepers can help save them.

  10. MaryBeth Says:

    Busy as a bee they say. Whoever ‘they’ are. I like the hardworking bees. MB

  11. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Yes, I have been reading about the disapperring honeybees. I guess no one knows why yet. Beautiful pictures. I’m trying to get some good ones, but am afraid of getting too close and being stung. I’ve not gotten a really good picture yet.

  12. Happyone Says:

    I’ve heard about the disappearing honey bees too but I’ve seen them around here.
    Great shot of the bees at work.

  13. Rose Says:

    Yes, I have been hearing of it for a long, long time. At the orchard, they had a couple hives of bees…actually had more and some of them died out…then we started ‘renting’ hives during the blooming period.

  14. imac Says:

    Nicely captured George.

  15. Cheryl Says:

    I too have heard of disappearing bees. I did see one the other day while I sat outside. Hopefully many more will soon show up.

  16. ewok1993 Says:

    You know we were listening to NPR about this subject a few weeks ago. I can’t really remember if they found the culprit to this but they expounded a lot on how the hives work and the bees during climatic changes.

    I don’t see much bees in my yard; I probably don’t have the type of flowers they like anyway.

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