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MikeWhalen
06-08-2018, 08:31 PM
I thought for sure there had been some general post about Bee's, especially since the last few years there have been a ton of concerns about them dying off and such, but I could not find it...so

I like to snap pics and I have been lucky enough to get a few nice pics of bee's enjoying my spring flowers over the last few years
...so, I thought some might be interested
-the 'fat bee' one is from today so there is no problems with them going hungry around my place :)

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rms2
06-08-2018, 10:55 PM
Ever gone out on a relatively cold morning and stroked a bee's fuzzy back? I have. When it's in the 40's F they can barely move, so they don't sting. However, I am not recommending you try it or guaranteeing that you won't get stung, so don't blame me if you screw up and get nailed. But I've done it.

Lirio100
06-09-2018, 12:04 AM
I put out tubes for the native Orchard Mason bees around my area. Not a big colony but I generally have bees use the tubes every year. They're not a lot of fuss; once the eggs are laid the bees die off and the tubes put away til the next spring.

Baltimore1937
02-21-2019, 06:00 PM
World's biggest bee found:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47311186

MikeWhalen
06-23-2019, 05:46 PM
here are a few pics of a handsome little fellow working the flowers next to my patio
we had a cold miserable spring, so the last week has been finally, very warm and nice and both the plants and critters are practically exploding with delayed life

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anyway, the last several years, it has gone out of fashion to use any pesticides on the lawns in my neighborhood and I really have noticed a lot more bee's in my yard...which is only good as far as I am concerned

...part of that, is that the gov. put in new rules a few years ago and most of the effective weed killers are outlawed now

...but also, the front line environmental realities and a real push to help bee's and let the weeds (dandelions) grow as they are one of the first foods available for them has been a very successful local campaign
...in any case, being practical, when no one else hits the dandelions, there is no point in you wasting time and money...which is also fine as I always prefered more of a semi wild/ more natural look to the yard, as opposed to a super crafted, plucked and groomed type some of the OCD types do

anyway, it was a lovely warm day here, finally and I was rewarded with some nice flower and yard pics

Mike

spruithean
06-24-2019, 12:02 PM
World's biggest bee found:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47311186

Well, that could be nightmare fuel for some people. Sheesh, that is a large bee.

I've noticed less bees (including bumblebees) so far this year, wasp population seems the same. I still see way more flies but that might be reflective of where I live :lol:, damn farmland always attracting flies.