Salix has many species around the world that are important for our pollinators in spring. Rich in nectar and valuable pollen. Willow trees have done most of their job for this year. They are not only loved by bees. When I came to one apiary yesterday a willow bush was heavily visited by my bees and different species of butterflies. Inachis io, the European peacock was on, Aglais urticae, Small Tortoiseshell another. Spring is early this year. And the bees seem to know it somehow, they seem to be in phase and are already growing in size and bringing in nectar and pollen.