Preserving the harvest

Humans aren’t the only ones harvesting and preserving at this time of year.

bee collecting pollen from aster tataricus

Bees are taking full advantage of the heavy bloom of asters and chrysanthemums. I watched this one for a few minutes this afternoon.

bee in flight

bee collecting pollen from aster

bee collecting pollen

Those orange bulges on its legs are pollen baskets. The insect presses the collected pollen into these small cavities to transport it back to the hive.

bee in flight flight

 

I hope you get a few quiet moments to observe these fascinating creatures. Happy fall!