It has just been gorgeous weather for about 5 days now. Lovely sun with highs in the 70's at times. Lots of trees are forming their buds and my bees have found these sources of pollen. I thought you might enjoy seeing some pics of them coming home with their little pollen sacs loaded. See the little globs of yellow on their back legs? Some of the pollen i have seen them carrying has been an orangish color also. The bees will make a bee bread to feed the little larvae if the queen has started laying. She stops during the winter but when the weather warms, and there is pollen to be gathered, she instinctually gets ready to lay. Our weather is suppose to change again for the following week, high's only to the 50's and nites back to the 20's, so still a bit of time before the queen starts laying prolifically I hope. I want to be quicker with putting on my honey supers this year. The type of bees I have left are Carniolans and they are fast to build up in the spring and a wee bit prone to swarming easily. So I must make sure and put the honey supers on quickly so the worker bees will be able to store the surplus honey in them and save the brood chambers for the queen and the new bees use. When the queen has a hard time finding a place to lay the eggs, the hive is at more risk to swarm.
Have you seen any bees out yet where you live? My brother saw a big carpenter bee come out from the wood under his porch today! I love those large bees, they are so cool!