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Friday, June 27, 2014

The bees have found the sumac

I have been monitoring the buckwheat to see if the bees find it this year. Two years ago, I reported that wild bees were foraging in abundance on the flowers. Last summer I was sad to see only very few. Yesterday the flowers were in peak bloom and, lo and behold, the air was abuzz with pollinating insects of all kinds, including wild bees. On close inspection, I was intrigued to find them all over the staghorn sumac adjacent to the field of buckwheat, where they were feeding to a lesser extent. Wherever they find their food, that's fine with me. It is a relief to see them at all!