|Walking trails in the Center|
|Depending on the light, cliffs are either red, burnt orange
purple or varying co.lours in between.
|Honey bee colony on a cliff in the Center.|
We saw quite a bit of wild life including kangaroos and lots of birds. There were very few insects around because night time temperatures were around freezing a lot of the nights. I was pleasantly surprised though when Matt showed me a honey bee colony. Matt told me he had seen them at this location before. It was about 30 feet up on a cliff. Honey bee comb attached to an open cliff would be a rare sight in Canada, but in Desert country it is the perfect place. There is very little rain to speak of so a colony does not need protection from the rain. Since it had rained recently, trees and shrubs were showing off their bloom. This of course means food for honey bees.
|Gum tree flowers with a foraging honey bee.|
|Hakia flowers provide lots of nectar for birds called Honey-eaters|
|River beds and cliffs provide great habitat for all kinds
of wildlife including lizards, cliff dwelling birds and hawks.
This beautiful and wonderfully scented rose is a mega-attractant to bees.
|This rose bush stands about 4 feet tall.|
|This rose is so attractive to bumble bees that at one
point there were 6 bees inside this one flower.
|More bees in this rose.|
|Two bumble bees ready for flight.|
|This is a large new queen that will be
hibernating over the winter.
|One guard, checks out the photographer. The splatter pattern
on the outside of the box is the feces of the bumble bee.
|To make the box more to their liking, the bees even
plugged up the large crack at the front of the box.
This is one of my favorite flowers! Dandelions are a welcome color in the spring and they are a great source of both nectar and pollen for bees and other insects.
|This honey bee (left hand side) and mason bee are too busy feeding on a dandelion flower to notice
the photographer Dave M. Port Alberni, BC.
Kathy- Langley, BC sent me these photos of a bumble bees nesting in a bird house last spring.
This is not an uncommon occurrance. Bumble bees will nest in the ground, in a wall, in a bird house or other structure that will keep the weather out. Bumble bees nest within insulation, grass or other similar materials.
Birds bring nesting materials like moss and grasses into their bird house and leave after their young have hatched.
“When you see them up close they have an incredible amount of pollen on their back legs. The opening into the bird house is 1 1/4″ so you can see how huge they are.”
Underneath the moss is a bumble bee colony. One bumble bee guard is walking on the surface of the colony.
|This is a guard- watching out for predators.|
|Bumble bee on the left is cooling the colony with its wings. The bumble bee on the right seems to be ready to go and gather more pollen and nectar for the young bees.|
|Coming in for landing.|
|Resting after a long flight.|
|Making room for a larger colony by removing excess moss material.|