Hey ya’ll, saw this on FB. Save the bees!!! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝Important!!
“I saw this at Home Depot yesterday!
Do not, I repeat, do not buy plants treated with neoniconoids. Bees take the pollen back to the hive and feed it to the brood.
This is the number one cause of colony collapse!
Neoniconoids are banned in Europe!
Please! Don’t buy these plants! feel free to share!”

mccosby  asked:

What are varoa mites?

This guy right here, is the bane of all beekeepers.

Varroa mites (or “Varroa Destructor” because isn’t that a positive name) are parasites that attach themselves to and feed off adult bees and brood. If they make their way into the brood cell before it’s been capped, there’s a good chance the bee inside will not develop properly and die. When they attach themselves to adult bees, this will shorten the lifestyle of the bee, one of the visible signs of this is the bees having deformed, stringy wings.

Varroa mites originate from Asia. The eastern/asian honey bee has some natural defenses against varroa, so is not affected to the same extent as the western honey bee. However in a lot of countries, varroa mites cause absolute devastation, and can wipe out entire colonies.

Hey guys !

The bees have been dying lately :^(
They’ve been listed as an endangered species as most of you probably already know.
You also probably know why bees are important to have. However, you probably don’t know what you can do to help bees..

The following plants are bee friendly! 🌹🐝
1. Lavender
2. Rhododendron
3. White clover
4. Cotoneaster
5. Heather
6. Purple toadflax
7. California lilac
8. Bachelor’s buttons
9. Bellflower
10. Thyme
11. Forget-me-not
12. Yellow mustard
13. Sage
14. Escallonia
15. Cranesbill
16. Aster
17. English daisy
18. Rosemary
19. Mint
20. Oregano
21. Borage
22. Calendula
23. Lily of the valley
24. Shrubby Veronica
25. Blackberry (and raspberry)

You can also help by
• Avoid treating your plants with pesticides because bees that pollinate on flowers with pesticides will be injecting them and they can hurt bees.
• Put a small water dish outside because they’re thirsty and it’s usually very hot outside)
• Plant local flowers that bees tend to drift towards because they’ve most likely adapted to your regions flowers
(Help our little buddies out)
☺️💛🐝

The bumblebee was officially added to the endangered species list.

 Please:

  • Go plant an organic flower native to wherever you are
  • Leave your “weeds” alone they probably aren’t hurting anything
  • Stop using/buying Roundup and all other insecticides, herbicides, pesticides. 
  • If you have a bee problem (which almost never happens) call a local beekeeper! They will remove them safely free of charge
  • Bumblebees usually nest underground and just wanna be left alone! They won’t hurt you. To prevent destroying their habit during hibernation, avoid mowing yards until April or May. If you do mow, raise the blades to the highest setting

Please save my fat clumsy fuzzy friends I love them and they’re very good pollinators.

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girls were bees. gentle and soft but got known for their stingers. hopelessly working while nobody noticed; got yelled at for just doing their job. girl were doing their best and still got swatted out of the air like they were a pest. they got caught in glass jars until they suffocated. nobody looked twice when the bees were dying. nobody looks twice when it’s girls that are dying. somebody promises we’ll have robot bees soon and it’s a great idea. but did you know that bees dance, did you know they sing, did you know that they’re loyal and focused on community. you ever see a girl dance. this is what i mean.

what i love about tumblr romanticizing bees is that a lot of us grew up being scared of them. but now there’s people appreciating their aesthetic, their nature, their existence, and it’s just nice

that doesn’t necessarily equate in people fighting for bees, or planting adequate flowers for them, but the chances for that happening are a lot higher. i know for a fact that i profited off those posts on how to help bees that were/are going around

i like the romanticization of bees. it gives me a tiny chunk of peace

The Trump administration is delaying listing this bumblebee as officially endangered

  • Last month, the rusty patched bumblebee became the very first species of bees in the continental U.S. to be officially marked as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • According to the Associated Press, the new designation was scheduled to go into effect on Friday, until the Trump administration delayed the move one day before.
  • The federal government announced the delay, which is in compliance with an order signed by Trump in January.
  • The regulation that would add the rusty patched bumblebee to the endangered species list, guaranteeing it federal protection, will be postponed until March 21.
  • According to the White House this will allow time for “reviewing questions of fact, law and policy they raise.” Read more (2/9/17 3:06 PM)

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