Getting Wind of… Bumblebee Die-off

Please Help Me!

It’s common practice in humane society advertising to capitalize on the incredible emotional impact gazing into the eyes of an animal can have. It works with puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats.

That lead me to wonder if the same could be true for bumblebees…

Did my “poster child” catch your attention? Could you sense the suffering in its eyes? I predict most who answer the second question honestly  will say, “No.”

So, I ask you to study the next photograph.

It’s the same bumblebee… dying.

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Now consider, there are thousands upon thousands more like this one- perishing in bee die-offs.

Here lies where I hope we as humans can begin to react emotionally about the plight of bumblebees and bees (Apoidea). And then, act constructively to find ways to curtail bee die-off.

Apoidea are in trouble… they need help!


 

 

13 comments

    1. Hello WG-
      First, thanks for the link to your beautiful garden photo collection. I enjoyed all the photos and the story about the hummingbird moth… fascinating!

      Yes, I’m very troubled by the blight of the bees. I’m sad to say I haven’t figured out my plan for helping in the efforts to protect bees; but have a few ideas in mind. Right now, just becoming “bee” literate is my focus 😉

      I think you will find this article of interest:
      http://earthfix.opb.org/flora-and-fauna/article/the-perilous-life-of-a-professional-honeybee/

      Jane

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      1. Thank you for the link, Jane. An excellent article! I kept honeybees in my backyard in Virginia Beach for several years. I love working with the bees and harvesting “home made” honey. Parasites got into them after a few years, and we lost the hives, much to our sorrow. I think the best things to do to help the bee population is to plant one’s garden with the needs of bees in mind. They need clean, organically managed habitat. A step beyond that is for those who have space, resources, and interest to keep bee hives. I was visited by a huge bumble bee lolling about in a scarlet runner bean flower this morning while I was out watering. He didn’t mind me inches away from his flower, and I was happy to see him fat and covered in pollen 😉

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        1. How lovely that you are observing bumble bees in your garden. I still haven’t spotted any recently. Although the bee hive that resides in a hollow spot in one of our Western Cedars seems to be faring well again this year.
          I’m impressed that you know how to bee-keep!
          Jane

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          1. Yes, we have an abundance of bumble bees of all sorts, wasps, and lots of other little nectar lovers. A shame you haven’t been spotting them recently. Glad the hive in your cedar is making it so far this season 😉 We wanted bees for the numerous fruit trees planted in an earlier garden. They swarmed one Easter Sunday, and we were glad to know a more experienced bee keeper who came to capture and hive the swarm. Great memories! Best wishes, Jane- WG

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  1. Bees are very important to our ecosystem. People spray their pesticides, with no concern for how it affects the world. Gotta tell ya though, the photo didn’t give me the warm and fuzzies that the ASPCA ads do. My checkbook felt nothing LOL

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  2. Thanks for this… only a couple of days ago I had an OH NO! moment when first hearing that on the heels of honeybee die-offs, now the bumblebees are getting hit too. Right now the farm pollination is totally dependent on the bumblebees, the last honeybee hive collapsed last fall, shortly before I arrived here. I have not seen a single honeybee (anywhere) yet this year.

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    1. All troubling situations… hoping this next set of posts will be of help to you. I’m locating a lot of resources at the moment and am anxious to get them incorporated into writings. Learning curve is high… I believe that’s a good thing.

      It’s weird for you not to have seen a single honeybee. Do any of the locals have any explanations for that?

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      1. My immediate locals all speak in chirps whistles hoots trills grunts and growls… and the short answer is stress.
        When a voice becomes silent it tells me as much if not more. I read a lot, and when human news stories correspond with something I have already guessed at I have my answer.
        As far as the bees go, there is national if not worldwide concern about the impact monoculture of food crops, loss of natural habitat and the general depletion of natural resources is having upon the more vulnerable components of the natural order. Within all those general aspects of human behavior and how it is impacting the world are the nasties we use to go about this business… chemicals, pesticides, greenhouse gases, genetic manipulation, etc. etc. etc.
        The tiniest and least complicated life forms on the planet are the most adaptable, they have been here the longest and know the ropes. Viruses, bacteria and the like have a single minded pursuit: survival. The higher forms have to adapt or suffer, and many won’t survive.

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        1. I hope more folks jump in on these conversations, Eric. The more who pay attention and the more levels of concern we raise, give hope that, even in small ways, changes in behavior (human that is) will occur.

          You’ve written a concise description of the over-arching big picture. Although is seems so overwhelming, I believe finding ways regular people can chip away at the problems will be helpful. Finding ways in inspire our younger generations to understand nature’s dynamics, the stresses placed upon the environment and ecosystems, and encouragement to learn about natural sciences is also important. I think the youth of the next generations will need foundations in the understanding and value of natural sciences to solve the problems we’ve created… as you described. The way of life on this planet has already been altered… what next?

          I’ll be working on the next bumblebee/bee post today- the biology piece. There certainly is a lot to be learned here! I suspect many will be surprised to learn where bees live… not all are in hives!

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          1. I’m with you on this Jane.
            My challenge at the moment is getting the summer woods crew to consider what might be dwelling in the salmonberries and blackberries we are tasked to clear. Selective cutting versus clear cutting on another level…

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