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The Aloes Are Blooming And The Bees Are Buzzing! by craigcryptoking

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The Aloes Are Blooming And The Bees Are Buzzing!


Hey everyone, make no mistake I am nowhere near as talented as Mike Green and I certainly do not have the equipment he does, who is Michael Green? Check out the post I did in his honour here: https://hive.blog/ocd/@craigcryptoking/michael-green-the-world-s-best-entomology-macro-photographer


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Winter annually brings out the very best in the Wonderful World of the Aloe species! Why do I love aloes as  much as I do, you may ask? They are a GREAT source of sustenance    for bees in the colder months and make for nice photo's too!

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Aloe ( /ælˈoʊi/, /ˈæloʊi, ˈæloʊ/), also written Aloë, is a genus containing over 500 species of flowering succulent plants.[3] The most widely known species is Aloe vera, or "true aloe", so called because it is cultivated as the standard source of so-called "aloe vera" for assorted pharmaceutical purposes.[4] Other species, such as Aloe ferox, are also cultivated or harvested from the wild for similar applications.[citation needed]

The APG IV system (2016) places the genus in the family Asphodelaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae. Within the subfamily it may be placed in the tribe Aloeae.[5] In the past, it has been assigned to the family Aloaceae (now included in the Asphodeloidae) or to a broadly circumscribed family Liliaceae (the lily family). The plant Agave americana, which is sometimes called "American aloe", belongs to the Asparagaceae, a different family.

The genus is native to tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Réunion, Comoros, etc.). A few species have also become naturalized in other regions (Mediterranean, India, Australia, North and South America, Hawaiian Islands, etc.).[1]

More here as per wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloe


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I was having a chat to my landlord the other day as to why he never sees bees on the Aloe flowers, yes Aloe Honey is so prolific,  'but I never see Bees foraging them why not'? he asks??. Wynand you need to take a closer look 'I exclaimed'!!

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Bees literally enter the pods to suck out the nectar at the top and out of sight, once done simply move onto the next pod until fully foraged! Another interesting fact is they get both pollen (a deep rich pollen visible on their hind quarters) as well as nectar, a great annual source of bee food!

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Nature the incredible!

Love and light, be blessed and have a magic Wednesday!.

Cheer$;)
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