After one very rainy week, we had a week of relatively dry and not-too-cold weather, and the bees were able to bring in a fair amount of ivy pollen. Yellow jackets, which have been harassing my weaker hives in the past few weeks, finally began to decrease.
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/14 - 10/27/19
•Japanese aralia or paperplant (Fatsia japonica): a large evergreen ornamental shrub with ivy-like flowers and large, glossy, dark-green leaves which are palmately lobed (7 - 9 lobes).
[A bumble bee on Japanese aralia, November 2018]
Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington