Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pollen Baskets

 As usual, the bees around the farmette have been hard at work gathering pollen.  




They gather it in their, "pollen baskets", which are located on their back legs.  Tiny hairs aid the pollen in sticking to their legs.  




Technically they are known as, "Corbicula", but I think pollen basket sounds much more hospitable.  





The pollen is gathered in the basket from the bottom to the top, just like a real basket.  When it becomes full, the bee flies back to the hive where it is deposited and made into honey.  

"To make a prairie, it takes one clover and one bee, 
One clover, and a bee
And revery. 
The revery alone will do, 
If bees are few."  

Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems  



32 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings from, RW & SK

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  2. Thank God for the busy bees, and may they continue to do their important work for us!! Great shots! I'm allergic to their stings, but I appreciate the fine work they do for us!!

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  3. I love the smell of sunflowers. I saw a bee come out of one of the squash blooms earlier this summer and the bee was covered in yellow, must have really stuck to it for some reason.

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  4. You learn something new everyday. Nice shots too.

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  5. Such beautiful photos and very interesting! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.

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  6. These are such beautiful shots and happy bees make me happy! Oh and I love Emily Dickinson!

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  7. Well, I sure didn't know that..nice to see bees, since folks are talking about their demise.

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  8. lovely photos and I see your sunflowers have a tinge of red or orange-do you have those red/orange s/flowers too? Emily Dickenson certainly had a way with words, nice choice.

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  9. I'm off to visit our local sunflower farm this week...always a treat!

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  10. Hi Michelle, beautiful pictures of those busy bees of yours....so interesting, Francine.

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  11. Nice photos! I have seen bees so loaded up that it even looked like the bee itself was yellow.
    Hope you are having a nice weekend. xo

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  12. Interesting info and great photos!

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  13. Those beautiful bees - working like crazy everywhere I look . . . I hope it's happy work for them . .

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  14. Our mulberry tree is alive with bees at the moment, they are up high so they don't come too close but provide a gentle hum which is so relaxing to listen to.
    Merle............

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  15. I love learning about bees, thank you Michelle, the information is always interesting and your photos are wonderful!

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  16. Hi Michelle

    Such beautiful photos!

    Did you read last week's Time magazine about the disappearing bee plight? It was very interesting. I can send you my copy of the magazine if you's like to read it -- just email your address to me.

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  17. He is a busy little bee, isn't he? He didn't even notice the paparazzi!

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  18. Beautiful images .... and i LOVE Emily :)

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  19. Wow, love the photos and the bees! Just read about the bees in the US becoming scarce! I do NOT like that!

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  20. I am always a bit uneasy looking at these bees, but your post is really interesting. I hope the new queen is doing well...

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  21. They certainly do work HARD! I love watching them roll in a flower loaded with pollen.

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  22. LOVE the bee and sunflower photos! I am not alarmed by bees and they seem to know it and leave me alone. My poor little grandson stepped on one the other day and it stung him and his foot swelled up twice the size, poor guy. We're back from camping, I put up a bunch of photos.. I found an amazing wildflower! Have you heard of a Pipsissewa? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. Gran Trabajo el que realizan las Abejas ...bonitas fotos ..precioso colo amarillo (Canario)

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  24. I love seeing the bees so hard at work. And the poem is just the right addition to this post.

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  25. I have always enjoyed the site of honey bees. These are fabulous shots! Nice work! I was never able to appreciate poetry back when I had to read it for school, funny how its grown on me over the years.

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