Bee-ing Artistic

It’s bad enough that bees were in danger of being lost thanks to a parasitic virus, but neonicotinoid insecticides were also being approved of by the governments of the United Kingdom and the European Union until recently, when they realised the disastrous results it could lead to.

Red bee
Red-tailed bumblebee with parasites

The modern world is so wrapped up in money and greed, but thankfully our governments have finally realised that the use of neonicotinoid insecticides also kills bees, and are now supporting the ban on it’s use. Continued use may not have much effect on anything significant in their lifetime but what of their children? No bees, no pollination and no setting seed for the next generation plants, so we will lose produce. I wonder if those who still support it’s use, realise they could be committing the future of today’s children to a life of synthetic foods. Vitamin supplements don’t make up for what we gain from fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Apparently Germany have revealed the loss of 75% of all flying insects that had disappeared and that’s Germany alone. If these statistic are true, the the results can be frightening.

Manchester, England, is about to exhibit 80 giant bees in the city in a project, encouraging street artists to submit designs for each of the bees. The finished decorated bees will form a bee trail in the city. Hopefully it will be bee a reminder to plant bee-friendly flowers and look after our friendly little pollinators.

Helping bees isn’t just for summer, they need help throughout the year so it’s well worth planting winter flowering plants and shrubs as well. Those who like the ‘twee’ gardens, with manicured lawns and devoid of any remaining plants from previous summers aren’t helping. With nothing to eat and nowhere to hide, it won’t be a popular place for bees to rest. 

Bees sheltering from the rain

Leaving the hollow stems of some plants provides a shelter for little pollinators so it’s best not to be too quick in cutting them down after flowering. At least spring flowers should give them the sugary boost they need to get them through to warmer times. Look after the bees and you will bee well rewarded.

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Bee photographs by Susan W. Smith

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