Friday, July 22, 2011
Count Your Bees
Have you visited Your Garden Show yet? They joined with The Great Sunflower Project. There you will learn all about bees. I know, I'm not a bee fan, either, if they are stinging me, but I know the value a honey bee has for our world. This project would like your help in counting the honey bees in your garden. In case you didn't know, all around this country the bees are mysteriously disappearing. Here you can create your own chart and report their numbers, so Your Garden Show can track them and try to learn why our friendly pollinators are disappearing.
Without the bees cross-pollinating flowers, our crops could dwindle away. In Michigan we depend on the bees to do their work, so we can watch the apple, pear, peach and cherry trees bring forth their fruit. And the honey that is derived from a mixture of these fruits in scrumptious!
We live in a bountiful land. Let's keep it that way by protecting our honey bees.
It's very easy. Just pick one of the flowers on the list that might be found in your garden or neighborhood, then keep a close watch on the bees that visit daily. Next you'll send in your report. It's all set up for you and is ready to go. Just sign up and get started.
How to identify a honey bee:
* Are about the length of the nail on your thumb (an inch)
* Have gold to dark brown or black shiny abdomens with subtle stripes
* While they have hair, the hairs are sparse
* Have hairy eyes
* Females sting once and then die
* Are found year round
* Are not native to the US
* Carry pollen on their hind legs