The bees arrived at our place just before Christmas and have settled down to being incredibly industrious. I guess that is the way of the bee, but they can be quite funny in the morning before the sun is really warm on their hive. They seem to give a good ‘I’ve just out of bed and haven’t had my first coffee, so leave me alone!’ look.
Anyway, we were pretty fortunate, even before the hive arrived, to have lots of regular pollinating visitors (no spraying). I was a little worried that the honeybees, known for being aggressive when food is scarce, may cause a problem for our native buzz pollinating blue banded bees. But if anything I think I’ve noticed more of them around this year too – resulting in lots of pollinated tomatoes too!
Lately I have been having great fun watching the pollen dusted honey bees blissfully hop from flower to flower on our Crown Prince of Whangaparaoa pumpkin ( I hadn’t realised until now is a variety from New Zealand which is probably a bit daft on my part given its name).