The sunshine flows over my mountain bringing life to the forest edge. As it graces my yard I find little golden speckles in it’s wake. The Dandelions seem to have sprouted up overnight. As look over patch near my walkway I noticed that a smaller golden speck rises from the bloom and lands on the next one.
I have already covered Dandelions as a wild edible in Forage Friday #5 but even more important to human life is what it means for the honeybees.
Most beekeepers actively ensure that their hives are well fed in winter and early Spring but the wild honeybees have no such luxury. They must refresh their stores st every opportunity and the dandelions are a golden harvest that comes just in the nick of time.
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In full disclosure, I’m not a beekeeper and don’t really understand the intricacies of honeybees. But as I understand it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is still a thing. And while no cause has been scientifically proven among the top suspects in CCD are herbicides.
I’d love to claim that the reason why I don’t use herbicides in my yard is because of the honeybees but that’s only partially true. The simple fact is that I’ve never really been bothered by the dandelions on the lawn. The fact that they help support the bee population is a bonus.
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The little honeybee didn’t seem to mind at all that a giant hovered just inches away while she packed as much of the powdered sunlight into her saddlebags as possible. She just lovingly worked away in complete bliss of the treasury she found around my yard.
Just seeing her was a huge bright spot in my day because this was the first actual honeybee to bee seen on my property in about two years. The rest have been solitary bees like bumblebees. Perhaps this means that a new colony is somewhere on my mountain spreading joy in the forest.
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