Mid May Bee Watch – Swarming & Cotoneaster Horizontalis


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If there are bees and pollinating insects in your garden they will find Cotoneaster if you have one. The photos taken in my garden early May 2019 are a few minutes snapshot of how attractive this plant is to bees and other insects during the period of spring flowering after which Cotoneaster produces berries for the birds.

Bees and all pollinating insects require season round forage, in the case of honey bees from Hazel and crocus in Feb / March to Ivy in October. Honey bees store nectar as honey; nectar and pollen are gathered from flowers and stored in the hive for winter feeding.

Honey bees eat their stores in the winter and covert this to heat by shivering wing muscles so the hive is warm enough to rear brood when it is too cold to forage.

Honey bees are termed social bees in the context of their colony populations; other bees living in smaller groups are solitary bees and many species can be seen foraging on cotoneaster in the spring.

Also if you are going away all hive owners need to be aware of swarming – you can loose all your Bees. Listen further to the podcast.

See how many different Bees you can see in the pictures below.

Barry Griffiths

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