Rainy day bee observation

Flying insects are less active in the rain. A drizzle or misting won’t drive them back to the protection of their colony like a downpour but it still influences the overall activity of a hive. Walking past the wildflowers in our garden I observed the pollen laden “saddlebags” of bumbleebees and honey bees as they crawled past tiny beads of crystalline water clinging to the umbles of Bees Friend, the orange petals of California Poppies, and the freckled entrances of foxglove.