More bees on the collards

Miner bee on collard flower

Miner bee on collard flower

Honeybee on collard flower

Honeybee on collard flower

Bees on the left. Bees on the right. Bees on every side of the collard plants. Like many crucifers, from brussels sprouts and mustard greens to radishes and Chinese broccoli, collards pack a lot of flavor. Now, with the heat and flowers bolting so fierce bright and yellow, every part of the plant must be downright pungent.

I wonder how the nectar tastes to the bees. I wonder why they seem so eager. Do they need a dipping sauce for the chicken tenders? Do they want to jazz up that salad dressing? Did someone bring a blooming onion to the cook-out? Whatever it is, those bees can’t seem to get enough of that mustard honey.

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2 responses to “More bees on the collards

  1. Glad to see you have some ‘good news’ about bees! I have been blogging about bees, and tere is so much sad news about their decline that your news (although a year ago!) cheered me up. Do hope you will be as successful with the bees this year as in 2009.

  2. Thanks. The good news is that there are still bees around if you pay attention, and I’m lucky enough to be in an area where more will come if encouraged.