The beautiful weather has continued, much to our relief. The bees have noticed this too and are out in storm gathering nectar from flowers around the pond. This female carpenter bee is out gathering pollen to be used as food for its babies. Carpenter bees are solitary and make holes in places like porches and branches. The bee lays eggs inside these holes with balls of pollen, seals the chamber and when the babies hatch they will survive off of the pollen balls. Male bees do not have pollen baskets or scopa, which is where the females gather pollen. This female’s scopa are almost full of pollen. Hopefully, next time we go out there will be something new to see!
-Jeremy Collison (Jr. Docent Volunteer)