07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

My bees at home were out this afternoon in the sunshine, bringing back loads of pollen. The buzz in the apiary was wonderful to hear. As I (eventually) walked back up the garden I heard a distinctive “drone” and soon picked out a bumble bee searching the hedgerow ( a queen looking for a suitable site to build her nest): Spring must be well on the way! To me the honey bees are the fighter squadrons and the bumble bee the Heavy Bomber whose wings “pitch” to give a louder and more distinctive tone.