I am announcing a new project here at Honey Bee Suite, a collaboration with Bill Reynolds of Minnesota. Credit the idea to Bill. He mentioned that many beekeepers don’t know what their bees are foraging on simply because they can’t identify the plants. So he thought it would be useful to link the list of honey bee-friendly plants to actual photos of those plants in bloom.
I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but basically we’re going to try to collect photographs of bee-pollinated plants from all over North America and post them, cross-referenced with name, location, bloom time, and type of bee seen on them.
We’re going to need help from all corners of North America to get this done, so if you like to take pictures, please consider getting involved.
I will post them as they come in, so it will be a work in progress throughout the coming year. We think that the flower is the most important part to capture. If you can photograph a flower and forager together, all the better. Don’t worry about plant identification. If you’re unsure, just say so and we’ll figure it out.
If we get multiples of the same plant we will either pick one or have a vote to determine your favorite. You can watermark your photos with your name or just tell me how you want your name to appear and I will do it for you. How I arrange the photos will depend on how much response we get.
So, if you want to send a flower photo—or if you haven’t yet sent a hive photo—please e-mail them to me. My e-mail (altered to reduce spam) is: rusty[at]honeybeesuite[dot]com.
Spring is just around the corner, especially in the south, so get your camera ready. To get things rolling, Bill sent the following picture of a honey bee on milkweed. Can’t wait to see what you find!