First Honeybees

cherry and beeYesterday, I came upon the first honeybees I’ve seen this year. They were working the ornamental cherries at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. honey beeOne landed on my shirt. Remember, bees are not aggressive unless you go after them, or their hive. So don’t panic. Close your eyes and think of England if you’re afraid… but you shouldn’t be. I just let her crawl around me for a bit before she was satisfied my linen was long past its flowering stage. honey beeNote those pollen bundles on her rear legs. She packs pollen — and a perhaps a little regurgitated honey to moisten it — into these little bundles which she sticks on her pollen baskets, or corbicula. The pollen, which collects on her hairs via static, is combed together before packing. Some of it nonetheless gets transfered to other flowers, of course, and thus the bee is a little vector of plant genetics, or, as the poets would have it — and where better to be a poet then under a flowering cherry tree in the spring? — a messenger of love…

2 Responses to “First Honeybees”

  1. 1 Paul Lamb April 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Is there anything you don’t know? Particle physics, maybe? Sanskrit?

    I love this blog!

    • 2 mthew April 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you, Paul. But there are, in deed, whole mountains and valleys and deltas of things I don’t know about. Two of them are in fact the topics you mention, except that the Indo-European languages share an ancestor with Sanskrit, which is sort of way cool.

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