Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s The Little Things: Bees

“Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the
technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we
are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people”
- Achim Steiner, Executive Director UN Environment Programme (UNEP) -

One of the things I enjoy most when working in the garden is the buzzing bees as they work alongside me, flying from flower to flower, oblivious, or maybe indifferent, to my non-threatening presence.


These workhorses of the insect world play a very important role in our food production and in the economy; their hard work guarantees that each generation enjoys the vegetables, fruits, nuts and flowers that are taken for granted.

And they are beautiful. But dying in record numbers. Their plight breaks my heart.

Imagine a world without them.

Below is an inside view of a honey bee hive. It includes remarkable close-up footage of the honey bee’s “waggle dance”; a method of providing directions to a pollen source that is the only known symbolic language existing outside of humans and lower primates.



We need to make the world a safer place for these magnificent creatures.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone.

32 comments:

  1. Much of our food supply depends on the continued presence of bees. When will we learn? (alas, rhetorical question)

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    1. I hate to say it...but...probably never. We're that thick!

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  2. I f we all realized the honey bees importance, I mean REALLY appreciate the fact that without these creatures we would not be here, then they would be held to a higher esteem than they are.
    great post Martha, thanks for spreading the word!!

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    1. I wish I had faith that we will, Jim. But we never seem to learn. Greed is what causes these things, and it's a trait that us humans cannot seem to shed.

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  3. Nice photo of the bee in the flower. Yes, I like bees too.

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  4. Lovely photo, awful to think they are dying out and of what the consequences mean.

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    1. Yes, it is awful that they are dying in large numbers. There will be definitely be a price to pay.

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  5. Great shot. They are great little creatures.

    Cold here today. Just starting to warm up now. Done with work for the day. Woohoo!

    Now onto chores and the like. Hope you're day is rockin'.

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    1. I'm finally catching up on some comments. I love this part of my blog the most; the stuff that blog friends write, and the interaction between us all. Good stuff.

      I hope you're having a great day, Wonder Woman!

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  6. One thing we do in our yard is put up Mason bee houses. We got it up a couple weeks late this year so it is not full but I will keep it in mind for next year.

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    1. That is really cool, Birdie! I never thought to do that. I'll have to look into it.

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  7. We seem to have the right flowers in the backyard because it is always full of bees. I love seeing them buzzing around and happy. Great photo!

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    1. That is terrific, Jen! I've planted a whole bunch of flowers that I know they love, and I see quite a few, as well, but nowhere near what I used to.

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  8. I just read there was a kill off of 58% of bees in Ont. this year. I find that number very low. I have spotted exactly 5 bees this summer. I am very concerned. (Love your photo.)

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    1. I don't believe that number either, Francie. I suspect we're not hearing the honest truth. I am very concerned, as well. We all should be.

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  9. Extraordinary little creatures. And like you say, imagine a world without them. It is unimaginable ...

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    1. It truly is unimaginable. But it can happen if we don't do something about it. Humans...never learn!

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  10. The bees are buzzing in my back yard today.
    Wonderful little creatures they are!

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  11. I have grown to love bees more and more over the years. They play such a vital role in the world...

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    1. They sure do. I love when they buzz around me in the garden.

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  12. They may be important but I need my space from bees.

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    1. As long as you don't bother them, they are quite harmless.

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  13. ohhhhhh what a beautiful bee on a beautiful flower…. jeeeez that's pretty, Martha… bees are fascinating… I took Adelle to an active hive at one of our State Parks … it's fascinating to watch …

    And … they are endangered… just absolutely mind boggling that big money wins … sick of it ~ all the … DON'T get me started… lol

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    1. I know...I know...I know.... UGH.... Carolyn, don't get me started either. Big money (a.k.a. GREED). Damn...

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  14. I love to hear the bees also, but most of our bees have stingers.

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    1. Ours do, too, but they don't bother anyone unless they feel threatened. I work side by side with them in the garden, and they pay no attention to me.

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  15. You are a wonderful human being, let Nature Be(e) I'll try to listen to it again tomorrow my sound worked yesterday but not today,...sigh

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    1. It's such a great video, Lorraine. I hope you get a chance to see it.

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