Sunday, May 4, 2008

bees and babies

my husband discovered this bee colony(?) near our neighbor's driveway today while he was mowing the grass. i've never actually seen a whole mass of bees like this out in the open, usually they are in a nest or hive or whatever. very cool. i'm sure some of these must be the same ones that visit my garden.


and here are my babies on the yellow asclepia i recently planted. so cute! they are very small, fingernail cuttings size. thank god for macro settings!

9 comments:

herself said...

That's cool. I've never seen bees out like that.

lawremc said...

That is a pretty classic photo of a swarm. It may be from a wild hive of bees or a swarm escaped from a beekeeper's hive. Keeper work to reduce swarming because they want to keep their bees in their hives producing honey.

If they are a problem for you or neighbor---your parish Extension office should be able to put you in touch with a beekeeper who can collect the swarm.

I love the caterpillar photos. I'm just waiting for something to find the dill and parsley I planted.

Gail said...

Wow, that is wonderful...glad you aren't bothered by this gift!

Gail

Nancy said...

A good swarm. Did they go off by themselves, or did a beekeeper come for them?

We had a big swarm in the playground at a school I worked at, and it was an amazing thing to see. The beekeeper was delighted to get a free swarm!

Abby Creek Art said...

Wow, cool photos! I've never seen bees like that either...but I would back up very slowly and get the heck outta there if I did!:)

Shirley said...

What an awesome scene of the bees.

Bonnie said...

holy mother! I would have freaked if I saw that, especially as I was mowing. I think I have read too many stories about bee attacks.

So is it still there?

Diana said...

Yikes. That bee colony is something. Cool, but kinda scary, too. Makes my advice to Kallie - they'll leave you alone if you leave them alone - seem kinda weak! Any trouble with them?

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

Wow. That would get my attention!

Robin at Bumblebee