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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The bees are still busy.

Temperatures have been up to 11C, calm and sunny the last few days.

Bombus Terrestris Queen on Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn. 
 We have seen up to 4 at a time foraging on this shrub including one collecting pollen.

Honey bee on Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn, I think this bee was only exploring.

 

I have not seen more than one honey bee at a time  on Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn and no sign of gathering nectar. 
EDIT - In Jan 2015 I saw honeybees collecting pollen from this viburnum.

Hoverfly on Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn.

 
 Honey bee in a Penstemon flower, foraging, exploring???

Here she is climbing out after being in there about 2 mins.

The bumble bees enjoyed the Penstemon in the summer but I haven't seen honey bees on it before.

 The Mahonia is still covered with foraging honey bees.
The bumbles love it too.

Poached Egg plant.
Borage.

Still in flower!

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