Been enjoying reading all the postings here for awhile, and thought I'd chime in with something I noticed with the bees yesterday. The bees in one of the hives I'm helping a woman take care of were coming in with white pollen on their backs,...and I was excited to discover they got that by working the Jewelweed not too far away. I got my video camera out and managed to put a couple clips of them on the web.
Here's a clip of some coming back into the hive with the white pollen on their backs....
...........and here's a clip of one actually coming out of a blossom ,...all covered with its white pollen. There was a stream roaring in the background because it had been raining.
It was satisfying to actually have been able to figure out where they were getting that white dusting from. Only one of the 3 hives we've got was working the Jewelweed. I just love watching them.
edit....9/5/06.....Here's another clip I just took this morning,.... a clearer one, showing her backing out of the blossom with pollen all over her.
[size="1"][ September 05, 2006, 12:14 PM: Message edited by: denny ][/size]