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Of Bees & Apple Blossoms

Bee in Apple Blossom | www.myfoododyssey.com

Bees amaze me. The amount of work they do is incredible. I keep some chilli plants in my sun room. I recently read that when keeping fruiting plants indoors where there are no bees you need to cross-pollinate the flowers yourself by gently sticking the tip of your finger into each flower in turn. The process takes a bit of time, but my plants are small and I only have a few of them, so it really doesn’t take too long. Then I look at our apple trees, completely covered in blooms. I can’t imagine how long it would take if I had to cross-pollinate all those individual flowers myself. Thank goodness for the bees, who tireless make their way from bloom to bloom, ensuring my tree is heavy with delicious apples later in the season. Seeing the bees enveloping the stamen with their tiny legs, clinging on as they extract the nectar for honey, is really quite fascinating.

Bee in Apple Blossom | www.myfoododyssey.com

Apple Blossoms | www.myfoododyssey.com

Apple Blossoms | www.myfoododyssey.com

Bee in Apple Blossom | www.myfoododyssey.com

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a great idea for this photo challenge! I have a couple of bee pics, but never thought of using them with enveloped. And why not? Perfect idea!

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    May 22, 2015
  2. Love bees and your photos of them. 🙂

    janet

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    May 22, 2015
  3. Another reminder of how scary the collapse of the colonies is. We need bees!

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    May 21, 2015
  4. sbdagape #

    I love your pictures! How did you get so close? Zoom lense? Anyway, I used to have cukes on a screened in porch. We used Q-tips to play “bee”. Unfortunately, it never really worked that well. Bees do a much better job. Celebrate those buzzy little creatures! 🙂

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    May 21, 2015
    • Thanks Susan. I just used my short fixed lens. The photos are blown up quite a bit. Yeh, we definitely need to celebrate bees – they’re awesome!

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      May 21, 2015

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