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It wouldn't bee Wild Garlic Allium ursinum by any chance?

No its not Garlic is it Chinese Chives Allium tuberosum?

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I think this type of question is a valuable tool for beekeepers as well as showing a good photograph of the plant in question.

So my question is name the bee?

Only joking members as her name is Polly.

Name the plant.





All plants have a botanical nameplate, so in your answer please use the common name and the botanical name.

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Hey BjornBee

Yes, spot on.
In fact Pussy willow cover over 100 different speicies of willow. In this instance it was a Kilmarnock willow, Salix spp.

Right you guys seem switched on so I'll think of another that is found 'over the pond'.

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Hi An-Nahl
That's a good guess but if you look at the leaves and the anthers which hold the pollen you will notice they are different on the Button willow or Honey bells Cephalanthus occidentalis than the flower in the photograph.
I am not sure on this one but I have a feeling it might be a Holly or Ivy type plant. I will find out soon.

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Found it!

I think its American or Irish Ivy Helex hibernica and I think the bee is Apis mellifera ligustica.

This type of Ivy enjoys a warmer climate than English Ivy which can survive the cold wet winters.

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Bcrazy.....Nice!

I had originally been called out on a swarm call from a neighbor who actually thought there was a swarm or colony behind the bushes. When I got there, I have never seen so many bees on flowers in my life. It was covered. Here is a picture of the entire bush. I had never seen an ivey such as this and think the location (south side against the garage) allowed it to flourish. It was covered in flowers.

Here is the bush....
 

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Yes this type of plant in the UK flowers in late autumn and is basically the last nectar the bees will forage for before they close up for winter.
We find that the honey on the comb very quickly crystallizes and therefor becomes a task for the winter bees to use it for winter stores.
Does the honey from the bush crystallize also?

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