“Plant These to Help Save Bees: 21 Bee-Friendly Plants” by Hannah Rosengren, 2013.
Hello tumblr! I’m re-posting this now since originally posting it last fall because while it’s been so exciting to see this illustration shared so many times on tumblr, twitter, facebook, instagram, etc- the credit has more often than not been lost along the way or removed. It’s great to see people advocating for the bees but frustrating to see a post with thousands of shares and no credit. Always, always credit the artist when posting images online- and if you’re not sure who it is, take one minute to look it up. It makes a huge difference.
Domestic honey bees are not endangered; dozens of wild species are. Someone please explain to me how consuming honey harvested from domesticated, non-native honey bees is supposed to help wild pollinators? Your honey-nut Cheerios will not save the world; you are being lied to.
☀ Add honey to tea for a boost of energy and as a healthy sweetener.
☀ Use it to wash your face: Add a bit of honey to your face wash for a cleaner, cleared completion. Add lemon juice.
☀ Make a hair mask: Mix honey with a carrier oil of your choice and two whole, raw eggs. Apply to your hair, covering all of your tresses from root to tip. Leave for thirty minutes to an hour. Rinse out with shampoo. You may have to do it more than once to get it all out.
☀ Put over cuts and scrapes to soothe and heal; honey is an anaesthetic, antibacterial, anti-bacterial, and antiviral.
☀ Eat honey in the morning to speed up your metabolism.
☀ Preserve fruit, vegetables, and herbs in honey.
☀ Add honey to the bathtub for soft skin and a soothing, relaxing feeling of mind and body.
I’m outraged that an average bee’s lifespan is only 2 weeks. That’s 14 days. In those 14 days, the bee movie had the bees get an education for 9. 3 days of elementary school, 3 days of high school??? 3 days of college?????? The bee has already lived over half of their life. Barry should have died within the first 40 minutes of the movie since he time progressed somewhat rapidly. Also, in those 2 weeks he would have only produced half a tablespoon of honey!!!! Meaning, 4 bees died to make those teaspoons of honey you put in our tea. It’s outRAGEOUS.
so, i ate out with my parents and their omnivorous friends today...
and when i mentioned i was a vegan, i heard:
where do you get your protein from?
is she taking supplements for all the vitamins she lacks?
i accept vegetarianism, but never veganism!!!
why do you eat bread? doesn’t yeast hurt bacteria?
do you eat fish? my friend is a vegan too, and he eats fish!
but why don’t you eat eggs? they don’t cause harm
if us humans weren’t designed to drink milk, then why do cows produce it?
if nobody ate meat, then we wouldn’t even have as much animals on the earth (which quickly turned into an argument, and when mentioning a possible solution for world hunger, i was told: “they should all just find jobs like the rest of us”)
Bees actually dont spend their entire lives collecting honey! Bees only collect honey for storing at the very end of their life. For most of their lives they are nurse bees, or collecting pollen and nectar for short term storage (like feeding their brood) Baby bees actually eat a mix of uncured nectar and pollen, not honey.
A bee colony in an area like texas will need about 50 pounds of honey to make it through winter with more to spare. Because these bees were bred to store more honey than they naturally need, colonies often produce upwards of 80 pounds of honey a year.
A good beekeeper will not harvest honey from a first year bee colony because they need a surplus to build comb with. After the first year the bees will produce very little, if any, brood comb as it is already large enough to sustain a good population. A second year bee colony will produce far more honey than necessary.
Lets say you were to just leave the bees alone, letting them build up honey.
Firstly, your bees would swarm. Swarming is a dangerous thing for bees, very few swarms survive. They risk being sprayed by humans or moving into bad places (such as inside someones house)
Another thing that can happen when youre colony swarms is small hive beetle. Small hive beetles take advantage of any unguarded honeycomb (after a swarm there will be less bees guarding the comb) and they will wreck havoc. I have seem this first hand and its is awful. Too much honey is not a good thing.
It’s irresponsible to let the bees run out of room like that, which is why taking honey is useful. You take a box of honey, and you put an empty one on. Now that the bees have more space to build comb, their swarming instict will be surpressed. A honeybound hive is easily at rist of collapse.
Although it sounds nice to “leave all the honey for the bees” it honestly is not helping them. They have absolutely no need for such a surplus they were bred to collect.
I know this sounds like a dumb human who acts like they know more than the bees, but its true.
Buy local raw honey when possible! Not only does it support local business, but it helps save bees! Raw honey is so much more packed full of goodness than processed, and benefits your body and your witchcraft. Raw honey can be used as a super-powered draw for abundance, health, wealth and partnership!
Hey y’all! As I am sure most of you have heard, we seem to be witnessing an alarming decline in our little buzzing friends. As of right now, seven species of bees in other countries have been added to the Endangered Species List. However, the bumblebees were officially announced as being Endangered around two weeks ago. This, my dear friends, is especially scary because these little fuzzy friends are very close to home.
Leading causes to the destruction of bees is the use of pesticides on crops, bee-feeding parasites, and a global decline in wildflowers. Meaning: bees LOVE wildflowers.
If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, mankind would have no more than four years to live.
So what can we do to help our pollinating pals?
Enter here this masterpost!
-Set up a bee bath! This little trick can literally just be a bird bath with sugar water instead of normal water and stones! (Do not forget the stones, as the bees rest on them when drinking to prevent drowning) Honey bees can travel very far just to find nectar and water. They usually go as far as a radius of 4 miles covering 32,166 archers around their hives, but some bees have been known to go as far as 17 miles or even 30 to find what their hive needs. At 30 miles the honey bees will start to lose more ‘weight’. (-8.6 pounds of honey) Sugar water will help keep these bees healthy and happy! PSA: if you see a rather slow moving bee, give the little one some sugar water and they’ll perk right up!
-Build a bee hotel! The truth is, many species of bees are solitary - they do not live in hives but instead construct their own nest. This is because in these certain species every female is fertile and this would not make for comfortable communal living in a hive.
-IF you get stung - Bee stings are acidic on the pH scale. If you add baking soda to them, it neutralizes the sting! #SCIENCE
-Flowers that our bumblebabies fancy: Thyme, lilac, snapdragons, goldenrod, wildflowers, sweet william, English lavender, bergamot,lilac, sage, ivy cilantro, burage, fennel, hollyhock, crocus, buttercup, snowdrop, geranium, aster, calendula, sweet asylum, poppy, zinnia, sunflower, heliotrope. Okay, bumblebees LOVE goldenrod. When goldenrod goes into full bloom, the pollination from the flowers ACTUALLY contains chemicals that make the bees drunk off their little bee butts. It’s amazing.
-Fruit trees are great too!
I could go on and on about the bees, but this post is already a lot longer than I originally attended.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me at any time! I’m a licensed beekeeper and I love my bees very much. We need the bees, guys. If they go, they’re taking us down with them.
Educate yourselves, educate your friends and family.
I feel like the people that parrot “buy honey to save the bees” rhetoric just say it because they heard it from someone else and didn’t even give it a second thought. You’ll notice in posts like these there’s never a single source cited proving that buying honey is helpful; meanwhile there’s several sources showing that honey bees are not endangered and are not the best pollinators, and that wild, native populations are what we should really be worried about.
This “buy honey and save the bees” crap is a marketing scheme by the honey industry to get you to give them money, and people just latched onto it like it was their fucking job. That’s it. Stop perpetuating this myth, and stop buying honey. It does nothing to save the bees that you claim to care about.
This post is going to be controversial, but…the goal of ethical veganism is to minimize harm to animals/sentient beings. So when there’s good evidence that eating local, organic honey may cause less harm than purchasing agave (see recent article I reblogged or I can send anyone the link), maybe it’s time to consider being less stubborn about the fact that it’s technically an animal product & invest in the raw local honey, which a) helps bees flourish in a world where they’re disappearing & b) minimizes harm to the bats who depend on agave & on the other creatures who are being negatively impacted by the commercial agave business.
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Well, my personal stance is that it takes 12 bees their entire life to make one teaspoon of honey. Bees make honey for food during the months in which there is no pollen, they make this as food for their family for half the year. So when you take that, it is literally robbing them of all their lives work.. 12 bees for one teaspoon. 12 FUCKING BEES Do you know how they take the honey? they smoke them so they can’t see/move. so you are literally gassing them, stealing their lives work, their food and saying it’s helping them? (this is to everyone who thinks buying honey supports bees)
Imagine if someone did that to you? came and robbed your pantry and then left you just white bread.. yeah it’s food, but you would rather the food your whole family has made for you.. the food 12 of your brothers slaved over. not some fucking white bread. Honey is cruel, it is not vegan.
Arthur is about to make his debut into English society, but his father
fears he has become too rowdy to contain. Desperate to avoid a scandal
before the debut of his only Omega son he arranges for him to travel to
America. Arthur is to live at a newly wealthy house where removed from
society he can’t possibly get into trouble.