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Can you guess the flower?

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This is one of my favorite pictures. I'm no expert photographer. Just to play around and get lucky sometimes.

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Great photo! That's easily as good as some of the bee photos I've seen for sale.
(No, I can't guess the flower.)
Good picture. I call these snowdrops. They are from a bulb and are only about 6-7 inches tall. Am I right?

srvfantexasflood said:
Good picture. I call these snowdrops. They are from a bulb and are only about 6-7 inches tall. Am I right?
Thank you for trying.

No. These are on narrow long stems, about 24 inches high. Not snowdrops. (BTW, this picture was from last summer, not this spring.)
It wouldn't bee Wild Garlic Allium ursinum by any chance?

No its not Garlic is it Chinese Chives Allium tuberosum?

Nicely done. I am not sure the proper class, but we call it garlic chives. It is a chive, that is for sure.
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'.

Ok, here is a well known flower, yet kept by not many least not in the states.

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Is it a type of heather/heath?

I think it looks like Winter Heath Erica carnea.

How am I doing?

I think your doing very well! :D

I have white's, pinks, and light purples. My wife is from Denmark (Born in Skagen) and it was one of the first things we planted in the garden when we bought a home.
Hey....I just take the pictures....;) I have no clue what those are.
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.

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.


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?

Not sure about the nectar. This bush is not near any of my hives. I have not seen anything like this bush before, so I'm sure it is not that common over here.
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