Pollen Baskets and Blooms

Honey bees in Georgia are collecting pollen even in winter.  That spot of yellow on the leg is a basket designed for carrying pollen from local plants to the local hive. no more than five miles apart.    Honeybees in California’s almond fields are definitely not local.  They are trucked in from around the USA and this month they are pollinating the world’s almond crop.  Bee hives rent for about $170 per hive and it takes one to two hives per acre in the 800,000 acres of almond trees.  A monoculture that cannot support a native bee population.

Camellias in the kitchen