Even though there’s still three feet of snow in the backyard, the temperature went up to 10°C today, which I have discovered is the magic temperature that triggers to bees to get outside —
— and poo.
They’ve been holding it in all winter, so who can blame them? ‘Tis the season for cleansing flights.
We noticed bees crawling in the snow all around the backyard. Some we could see were freezing to death in the snow. So we picked them up and brought them back to life from the warmth of our hands.
It’s difficult to get in close and focus properly with these micro shots when I can’t see what I’m doing from the glare off the snow, but if the photo was in focus, you’d be able to see all the fuzzy baby hairs on this bee. Small fuzzy bees = young bees = the queen has been laying. All good.
The bees in both hives were rushing out of the top and bottom entrances to get outside. (And my apologies to Casablanca fans for misspelling Rick’s Café Américain. It will be corrected post-haste.) The bees landed on us whenever we got close. They were crawling all over the camera half the time. More than a few landed on my head and pooped all over my hair. (Note to self: Where a hat next time.) Beekeepers in late winter must be like heated Porta Potties to honey bees. Nobody likes to go on a cold toilet seat, and it seems honey bees are no exception. Let’s roll the video, shall we?