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June 27, 2009
Photos and text by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.
Hannah Cowell is a frequent visitor to the pollinator garden and always brightens my day! This bed features herbs as well as native perennials and vines (as well as a little girl who loves cupcakes and going barefoot!).
Sneezeweed (Helenium sp.) and coneflower (Echinacea) provide stunning color as well as valuable nectar and pollen.
Honey bees as well as the native bumble bees (above) were all over the sourwood tree we planted last fall.
Chatham beekeepers Rick Kondracki and Ray Wise answered questions and shared their knowledge of beekeeping all day. Rick brought some frames of bees that were just emerging from their cells. It takes 21 days for a worker bee to develop from egg to larva to pupa to adult.
On day 21, the adult bees chew their way through the wax capping and out of their cells and emerge to join the colony.
The new bees were a big attraction for visitors of all ages! It is fascinating to watch them emerge and they are very docile.
Hannah Hart McReynolds holds a honey bee that has just emerged from its cell. These “new” bees are incapable of stinging.
Shane and Calvin Conroy hold a frame of honey bees emerging from their cells.
Chatham Marketplace’s General Manager Mary DeMare gets in on the action too, bonding with a new worker bee.