Friday, April 9, 2010
Bee Flies, a few Bumblebees, and what I think might have been the Blueberry Bee also pollinated it. Notice how I didn't say Honey Bee, and yet one of my hives is clearly viable in the background. The tree is far enough from the hive that workers can find the tree so that's not the problem. Honey Bees get distracted by large nectar sources. If I had a farm with a few dozen Nectarine trees, or whatever crop you like, then I'd be more likely to find a Honey Bee working the field. As it stands though a lone fruit tree, a dwarf one at that, just isn't usually worth their time.
Now the massive cherry tree out front with it's few hundred thousand blooms is another story. Just walking under this tree when it flowers you can hear a noticeable buzzing from the sheer number of bees working the flowers.
It's always good to be diverse and support other pollinators.