Bumblebee queens are waking up for the spring. Everything is late this year, as it had been a cold spring, so it’s good to see the bees emerging.

Early bumblebee

Early bumblebee

You will notice this lady has some passengers. These phoretic mites (Parasitellus) do not harm the bee. They will fall off when she sets up a nest and will act as nest cleaners.

Via this week’s photo challenge – Awakening

12 thoughts on “Awakening

  1. Ellen

    My 4 yr. old Grandson, Benjamin, noticed the mites in the photo… “What is wrong with the bee?” He was relieved when I read the next part of the post to him, “WOW, that’s good!” I quite agree. Thank-you x 2!!

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      1. Ellen

        Benjamin is fascinated by every aspect of nature. We “visit” many blogs to expand his knowledge and pursue his interest of every living thing. It is my great pleasure to accompany him on these early adventures of learning, the gifts can not be measured.


    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      As you may have noticed they are still in their pots! They are new, a present from my sister. Hope to have some good planting weather this weekend!

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