Challenge - Find the bumblebee on the tree. Can you find the bug hotel nearby?
Hello, let us talk bees! Most people forget how important to humans these little community-based insects are, we can learn a lot from bees, from their teamwork, and their sense of community. Every bee is important, one cannot live without the other, they all have important jobs and rely on each other! Bees are in trouble and planting wildflowers can help them survive, I bet they love this wildflower garden! Why do bees need our help? Because they are facing:
Habitat Loss – Bumble bees’ habitat, when humans build houses, office spaces, roads, or stores, the development of the land causes disruption to their underground area for nesting, sites for overwintering (i.e., mulch and/or rotting logs), and an abundance of wildflowers for food from spring through fall.
Climate Change – These fuzzy bees are cold-weather adapted but are likely affected by long-term changes in weather patterns.
Disease – The use of managed bumblebees for pollination of greenhouse crops has led to the spillover of disease from managed to wild bumblebees.
Pesticides – These chemicals are meant to affect pests but may have harmful effects on bumblebees as they have contact with sprayed plants.
Without bees we would have no food, they are the great pollinators! They go from plant to plant, trees to trees and make it possible for the plants to bear flowers, trees to bear fruits and vegetables, to well make vegetables! It would be a very hungry world without them!
For more information go to www.virginiabeekeepers.org and/or honeybeehealthcoalition.org.