by Carl Strang
This has been a strange winter, warmer than in recent years and practically snow free. Still, I was a bit surprised to see this on the Mayslake grounds on January 5:
The skeptic in me hesitated to buy what I seemed to be seeing. Then, on the next day, I saw this:
There’s no denying that this has to be one of the strangest winters of my experience.
The observation opened a little speculative door. Here is a European species, producing flowers when our native plants still are sensibly dormant. Such an ability makes me wonder whether dandelions specifically coevolved with the equally Old-World honeybees, which can remain active and will venture forth from the hive on warm mid-winter days.