Friend and bee guru Chris Jackson took these photos between 27th Feb and 1st March and send them to me for publication in the next BeeSoc newsletter.
I have his permission to share them, and accompanying words, with you.
Note pollen basket - a.m.m foraging on Sarcococca, aka Sweet Box or Christmas Box.
The bees will go mad for Christmas Box. The fragrance is delicious and sometimes can be overpowering at times. Available from most garden centres and should be in every beekeepers garden.
It is evergreen, compact, pest-free, with shiny black berries holding on for 9 months of the year and then between January and March the delicate white flowers are wonderfully fragrant.
Tough as old boots and will take any amount of wind, rain, snow and frost.
The pollen basket or corbicula is part of the tibia on the hind legs