Friday, 6 June 2014

Bumblebees








I had the excitement of getting to see quite a few bumblebees in my garden today, which to say the least needs some work doing to it! I was going to start de-weeding but seeing all the cute little bumblebees getting pollen from the weeds I was about to pull I decided it was best to leave them there till I can replace them with some bee friendly flowers.

Bumblebee Facts -

Bumblebees have smelly feet - This is to let other bumblebees know they have already taken the pollen from the plant so there will be little left.
Bumblebees never swarm.
They only produce a small amount of honey - just enough to feed their young ones.
Bumblebees don't usually sting unless they feel threatened.
Bumblebees do not lose their stinger after use.
Pesticides pose a serious threat to the existence of bumblebees.




Bumblebee Friendly Flowers - Planting just one or two of these will help bumblebees greatly.

Vipers Bugloss

Comfey

Red Clover

Bird Foot Trefoil

Tufted Vetch

Bumblebee Charity Pieces

A lovely selection of handmade bumblebee pieces, profits go towards helping bees


Hi Honey Hand Embroidery Needlework Pattern



Bumblebee on Daisy Photograph




Sources -
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/bumble-bee-facts.html
http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees
Picture Sources -
http://www.scotiaseeds.co.uk/VipersBugloss.php
http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/evergreens-for-dry-shade.html
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bienenwabe/6951368507/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8899981@N05/3650925303/
http://englishplants.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/wildflowers-for-bees.html