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!”
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.
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! 🌹🐝
3. White clover
6. Purple toadflax
7. California lilac
8. Bachelor’s buttons
12. Yellow mustard
17. English daisy
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.
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.
Little is known about the origins of this practice, although there is some unfounded speculation that it is loosely derived from or perhaps inspired by ancient Aegean notions about bees’ ability to bridge the natural world with the afterlife.
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