This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, April 15, 2011

furry catkins

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The bees are out and about when the sun warms things up. This tiny little one was collecting pollen in the willow catkins outside my dining room window.

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Blogger Mark Willis said...

The photo of the bee on the catkin is just brilliant!

April 17, 2011 1:21 AM

Anonymous Emily VP said...

Yeah, great photo. Love that you recognize it as a bee. Most folks don't have any idea there's about 4800 other species of bees in North America besides the honeybees and bumblebees.

April 18, 2011 1:42 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Emily, Glad to hear it really is a bee. I probably should have checked before I wrote that. I once did some work to learn differences between bees, wasps and flies. As I remember 3 body parts (?) and 4 wings are bees or wasps, wasps have bigger waists. Flies have 2 wings and giant eyes. (Is this right?) Many of my photos I submit to BugGuide. Maybe I will get around to submitting this one. Please let me know if you know the name of this bee.

April 18, 2011 2:53 PM

Anonymous Lana said...

Great photo of the bee on the catkin. Isn't first harvest always a triumph? Your spinach looks so healthy. I like your blog which I am following.

April 26, 2011 9:32 PM


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