Wednesday, 6 August 2008

bee be king

The asparagus is now tall and bushy and covered in tiny, yellow bell-shaped flowers. This is the time that asparagus builds its strength so that we can enjoy the delicious spears in May and June next year.

As well as benefitting the plant and indirectly us, this period in the asparagus year is also very important for our native insects. I hadn't realised how popular the flowers were for bees until today.

There was a constant to-ing and fro-ing that was very difficult for a poor photographer to capture!

Here, a common carder bee (bombus pascuorum) is seen. Its pollen sacs are swollen and orange.

Between them, the borage and the asparagus were alive with bees today.

and they need every bit of help we can give them.

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