More crocuses and pollinators

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I planted this bed of crocuses thirty years ago, and they’ve announced spring’s arrival every year since. They are surrounded by golden ragwort, which provides a ground cover around the base of our large pin oak tree.

Purple crocus

We’ve had three sunny days above 60 degrees, and I decided to see what, if any, pollinators I could find. I was rewarded to see this small native bumble bee (Andrena carlini). According to the Encyclopedia of Life, this bee is widespread in North America, chiefly active in April and May, and is an important pollinator of blueberries.

Small bumble bee

I was also glad to see non-native honey bees (Apis mellifera). It looks like this one’s pollen basket is full.

Honey bee on crocus

It’s now officially spring by the calendar, and it’s good to have blooms and bees as confirmation that the season is progressing. What signs of spring are you seeing?

5 thoughts on “More crocuses and pollinators”

  1. Once again Betty, you have delighted me with your beautiful close up photos!
    These Crocuses are so lovely and one of my favourite colours, and the wonderful
    addition of the bees collecting pollen makes these photos superb!

    1. Thanks, Pauline. Our temperatures have turned cold again and those crocuses are now tightly closed. And I doubt there are any bees out and about. That should all change in a few days when it warms up.

  2. I’m glad that Spring has sprung somewhere! Our crocus has peeped above ground, but no blooms yet. Our grass covered with snow today, temp is staying below 30. We have enjoyed a few 50 degree days and I’m sure more are to come.

    1. David, we, too, have taken a back-step to winter with some snow and temperatures in the teens. Warmer days are in the forecast here – hope the same there.

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