|Capeweed is a notorious plant pest|
Now, pollen isn't the only thing bees collect. Field bees (the bees that leave the hive to go foraging) will collect four things: nectar, pollen, water, and propolis (plant resins). Pollen and nectar are used to feed the bees, and propolis is used to sticky up any cracks or crevices that the bees don't want in their hive (and boy, can they gum things up). Water is stored in cells and is used to keep the hive cool in the summer time. Seeing as the average hive temperature is about 37 degrees Celsius, on a hot summers day they can go through 4 liters of water to keep everything cool.
|These bees are fanning at the entrance of the hive; air circulation is key to keeping the hive at the optimum temperature|
I'll wrap this up for this evening, as it's time I started our supper. But I'll be back later in the week to share more brilliance on bees.