Yes it is a cold winter but there is a surprising amount of activity, even on 12-15degC days. Watching them coming and going I note that quite a few are coming back loaded with pollen. A quick look while checking their supplies suggests that there is even a small amount of nectar being collected. Would be good to hear what members think their bees are feeding on.
sorry for the delay in responding, update from the apiaries in and around Canberra are as follows:
- Hakea Pincushion
- Iron Bank (with heaps of pollen even though the pollen is poor quality)
all are flowering well and bees are actively giving all four plenty of attention when the weather is half decent.
also saw this ornamental peach out today that bees were working actively, also saw a heap of these in flower in Kingston today on the lake in flower.
Thank you for this information. I have not seen much on my wanderings around walking the dog. Obviously a difference between older Canberra and newer Canberra. We seem to be very much into native gardens in this area.It is interesting as to the extent bees like the aromatic herbs.
I have noticed bees working Camellias recently in and around Canberra. My neighbor has a few enormous Camellias currently in bloom and have noticed my girls returning with quite a light colored pollen. I presume this pollen is coming from these sources.
Definitely seeing them working the Rosemary at the moment as Eric mentioned. I am actually surprised how active they are when the temperate is up.
Don’t they like the warmer, sunny days. All very active. Apart from their foraging around the gardens I found an Argyle apple(Eucalyptus cinerea) and a Red Spotted Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera ssp. maculosa) both in flower and within 250m are supplying them with pollen.
Hi Andrew, The book I was trying to think of is “Honey and Pollen Flora” by Alan Clemson an Inkata Publication 1985
Alan Clemson was the principal livestock officer for Apiculture in the N,S,W, Department of Agriculture.It is an excellent book for the identification of useful species especially Eucalypts with excellent comments about the species usefulness and its flowering pattern.