Category: bumblebee

 Bumblebee Species 

BEK has us laughing today with this funny comic talking about bumblebees. While the comic is funny – the real knowledge of this bombus isn’t – Once thriving in 28 states and the District of Columbia, over the past two decades, the bee’s population has plummeted nearly 90 percent. There are more than 4,000 bee species in the United States, and about 40 belong to the genus Bombus—the bumblebees. 

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Remember the bumblebee does something impossible every day 😊 🐝 

So I found this old bird house in the park that was knocked down. I originally thought that only wasps lived in it, but apparently the larger bottom part of it contained a nice sized bumble bee colony too! Since it was down on the grass (presumably the doings of some now very sorry kids) around a little swing set with slides etc where kids were playing, I slowly moved it in to my own container to get away from them. I put the nest in then waited for the most of them to land back in it, then I sealed it up and put it in a very old, crude swarm trap that I built years ago and never got to use. They’re now safe and sound in their new home in my bee yard!

I almost mowed over this fuzzy little bumble buddy this morning. She was frantically crawling along the ground and couldn’t fly, so I gave her a drop of sugar water and set her down~

Bumbles and honey bee~

Do you like tomatoes? Well don’t go “thank the honeybees” on this one. While tomatoes are pollinated by strong wind sometimes, it is actually mainly bumblebees that pollinate them! Especially in greenhouses. Other bees that can chew through the flowers can pollinate them, like sweat bees, but it is typically bumblebees because their big strong wings can vibrate the pollen free of the flowers when other bees’ wings are just too weak.
This applies to many yummy plant foods all across the world too! Not just with bumblebees but with other wasps and solitary bees! So next time you are thinking about “save the bees” remember that it’s not just about the honey kind of bee, but ALL the lovely little buzzy bees out there!~

Brought in a little bumble bee from the basil. Since it’s rained and going to freeze, I thought I might warm it up a little and give it some honey. When I picked it up, it took a good minute before it started to shiver and warm itself up.