garden pollinators
Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don’t get as much love as honeybees, but they should.

They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetables and wildflowers, and compared to managed colonies of honeybees, they’re in much greater jeopardy.

A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely used and highly controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids. What they found isn’t pretty.

Neonics, as they’re often called, are applied as a coating on the seeds of some of the most widely grown crops in the country, including corn, soybeans and canola. These pesticides are “systemic” — they move throughout the growing plants. Traces of them end up in pollen, which bees consume. Neonicotinoid residues also have been found in the pollen of wildflowers growing near fields and in nearby streams…

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I made a friend yesterday. This carpenter bee was drowning, so I let her dry off on me. She just hugged my finger at first and laid her head on me. It was so sweet. After she got her strength back, she dried herself with her arms like a cat. Once she was all fluffy again, she flew away.

Carpenter bees are important pollinators of some plants that other bees can’t reach. Males have yellow faces and can’t sting you. Females have black faces and give nice hugs. ^_^

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Tips on making a pollinator garden!

As awareness to the bee crisis increases, so does the initiative to help bees! Luckily theres plenty you can do to help! Pollinator gardens have taken off recently, here’s a few tips on how to get started with your own!

Research plants that are good for bees! 

Bees love plants with high concentrations of nectar and pollen, theres plenty of resources available to help you choose which would be best for you!

Plant flora native to your area!

While there are many plants that bees love, avoid planting invasive species. A simple search can pull up all the native plants to your state/region. These plants will be easier to maintain and also won’t disrupt the balance of your area. 

Avoid harmful pesticides/plants treated with neonics!

Neonictoids are pesticides present in the seed, they’re the most common pesticide in the world and they’re extremely toxic to bees. Avoid using harmful pesticides and all neonics.

Be aware of what conditions your plants need to flourish

This one seems kinda obvious but many beginners forget to check when/where to plant something and it results in dead plants. Luckily it’s spring for most of us and a good time to establish your garden. be aware of the season you should be planting your seeds in (it usually says when/where to plant on the seed packet).

These are just a couple of tips to help you get started! For more information on how you can help bees, check my other post!

Happy Gardening!