......and so are the bees! On one of the first of several upcoming nice days, the worker bees (all females) get out and search for new pollen to bring back to the hive. This pollen provides the protein needed to raise brood (young bees). The colony will be growing fast and they will need it! Pollen is full of amino acids, vitamins an minerals and each type of pollen has different amounts and types of these vital nutrients! In this picture, the bright orange pollen is from crocus flowers and the lighter colored pollen may be from maple trees or the flower of skunk cabbage.