OH the bees we will see!

Here’s one more bee we have covered, and what a great species it is.  These ladies look like flying teddy bears!

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Bumble Bees

Solitary

Friendly

Excellent buzz pollinators

Make some honey for immediate consumption.

Nest underground or in empty bird nests.

Egg cells are made up of wax and pollen.

You can be a great host to these bees by leaving some soil bare in your yard, so they can nest.  Of course, always avoid using pesticides and herbicides.  Plant lots of flowers for them to collect pollen and nectar.  They will not sting you unless you are invading their nest, and they can sting multiple times, if that is the case.  Enjoy their presence and take care to keep them present!

Thank you for joining the movement!

Jess

2 thoughts on “OH the bees we will see!

  1. Sharon Goldstrohm says:

    Hi Jess,

    i am so glad to hear that the bumble bee won’t sting unless you invade the nest. We have quite a few of them around our yard and they can be intimidating for sure.

    As you reach out to more programs for promoting the bees and the wild flowers, I would like to suggest that you talk with directors of senior centers, libraries and and other programs where seniors live frequent. Many seniors would be interested in becoming involved, I am sure. They could work with there directors to plant flowers outside of their facility and actually turn into some dedicated and productive volunteers for the various programs that you will be developing. I can see them managing your table at community and health fairs, doing presentations to various groups, distributing your literature to various community programs and living facilities and even helping you with administrative chores. Volunteers are wonderful and such a great help for any program. You just need to give them the necessary training and they can run with it.

    As an example, there is are a couple of seniors who live where my sister does who asked for permission from the directors to plant some flowers around one entrance to the apartments. They were given the OK and you should see it now. Not only is the entry beautiful, but I am sure that many bees are happy.

    Happy days and continues success!

    Sharon G.

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    • thebeeswaggle says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for sharing your great ideas! I will definitely reach out to your suggested public entities. I appreciate you following this movement and all that you are doing to make a difference in your own backyard!

      Jess

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