Originally I was going to pose the question of schooling or un-schooling, but have since changed my mind about this subject. There is great debate on both sides of the spectrum and I don’t want to cause a war of words. With that said…
In keeping with the environmental theme from last week, I want to discuss Colony Collapse Disorder.
**Honey bee colony health has also been declining since the 1980s with the advent of new pathogens and pests. The spread into the United States of varroa and tracheal mites, in particular, created major new stresses on honey bees.
The best action you can take to benefit honey bees is to not use pesticides indiscriminately, especially not to use pesticides at mid-day when honey bees are most likely to be out foraging for nectar.
Earlier this Spring, I grabbed my camera and headed outside to take some photos of the newly bloomed Dogwood tree in our yard. Once I got out there I heard this electric type buzzing. I looked around and everywhere around this tree there were bees. There were so many that I could literally hear them buzzing. Not just one here or there, but a constant drone of bees. I was so excited. Normally, I’d be scared to death, but I was so happy to see so many gathering pollen.
See all that pollen gathering his little legs are doing? I risked my life for this picture people. Ok, well not literally, but those little buggers were everywhere. They are quick too. It was just luck that I was able to get any sort of picture of any of them at all.
Different kind of bee in this photo, but he was just lazing around the hollyhocks on Thursday morning. It’s like he was waiting for me to photograph him.
Watch this little video featuring Burt from Burt’s Bees…
This week I don’t really have any sort of question for you to write a blog post about. I’m just wondering if anyone has consciously decided to plant things this year to attract bees. We haven’t done anything here. Yet. We’d like to plant lots more flowers for next Spring and I hope to have a small garden. We moved in so late in the Spring it was almost too late to really start anything this year. So I guess that is sort of a question, isn’t it?