This page shows the busy honey bees collecting pollen from cosmos flowers and storing pollen in its pollen baskets on their legs.
Cosmos Flowers and Busy Honey Bees
The last of the cosmos flowers as they have gone to seed and many seedlings have come up already. These cosmos flowers have provided the bees with plenty of pollen and nectar. As well as different species of bees showing up, to forage from these flowers. Much to my delight.
Some of the honey bees had so much pollen already in their pollen baskets on the hind legs. So special to see the orange pollen on the legs.
Honey bee with a lot of pollen and collecting more. Foraging on the yellow and orange cosmos flower.
Pollen from these lovely orange and yellow cosmos flowers. Pollen is the basic food for the young larvae.
Feeding the larvae and young bee in the combs cells. The nurse bee mixes pollen and honey for the young bee.
Fly away with the pollen to the beehive. Beautiful sunny day. Looking like a helicopter laden with food.
Sun rays catch the honey bee and the cosmos flowers.
Honey bee cleaning the front legs.
Honey bee still foraging for food. Still needs to collect pollen, its probably on its return for more.
The honey bee is unaware of the predator on the flower, one ugly looking monster that is.
about the predator…https://www.sabeekeeper.com/the-bees-predators/
The wait for the bees and other insects on the petals.
A close up of this beautiful bee, with witch we will not be able to survive without.
Off we go home.
A last picture of the honey bee foraging and the cosmos flowers seeds.
It was certainly worth having these few flowers in the garden at home, they provided a lot of pollen for many creatures and insects.
As well as pollinating the flowers and performing their duties as foragers.
The butterfly and other bee species foraged and wasps. Including the honey bird.
more on foraging and images of blossoms…https://www.sabeekeeper.com/foraging-bees/