Posts Tagged: nectarines
It was a golden moment.The honey bees that collected pollen from our nectarine trees today looked as if they were lugging gold nuggets left over from the California Gold Rush. Struggling with the heavy pollen loads, some of the bees crashed to the...
Honey bee on nectarine blossom on Presidents' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
With a head dusted in pollen, a honey bee works the blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-packing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cool temperatures and honey bees do not a good team make. Since honey bees don't forage until temperatures hit 50 to 55 degrees, we haven't seen many bees gathering pollen from our nectarine trees. If you love nectarines, there's a lot to love....
It's Presidents' Day and far too early for nectarines to burst into bloom.The unseasonable weather, however, fooled 'em.Didn't fool the honey bees. Despite the relatively low temperatures--50 degrees--they buzzed into our yard to greet the blossoms and...
Caught in Flight
Lots of Pollen
Honey bees, bumble bees, hover flies, parasitoids and common houseflies aren't the only visitors paying their respects to our two nectarine trees. A picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) dropped in on Feb. 28 for a quick visit. About the size of a...
Picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Upside down, a picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) on a nectarine tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready for take-off, a picture-winged fly steadies its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's a peach of a tree, but it isn't a peach. It's a nectarine, a close variety of the peach--the result of a genetic mutation.In between the rain storms, honey bees are nectaring the nectarines and packing pollen, getting ready for the spring hive...
Bee in Nectarine Blossoms
Pollen-Packing Honey Bee