Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 5 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts    H4'ed 6/14/09

What Bees Want. Save the Clover, Save the Bees.

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   13 comments
Author 21546
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Allan Wayne
Become a Fan
  (7 fans)

This piece was reprinted by OpEdNews with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.


(Image by Unknown Owner)   Details   DMCA

Springtime brings bees, or at least it should. The above photo shows one zooming over a clover flower. I used a handheld Canon A639 set to micro close-up. I have seen mostly bumble bees on our rhododendrons, nursery flowers, and most other blooms, but when clover, an aromatic weed, was allowed to bloom in our yard, the honeybees dropped right by. They love clover, but most yards are cut too short to allow clover to thrive. That is good for bare foot kids who do not want to step on honeybees, but bad for bees. You think about it, a lot of bee habitat does not fit the short-shorn Homes-and-Garden criteria.

This is one of those brown-backed bumble bees descending on a lavender flower. Pretty fat; looks like Mothra. It is a lot more aggressive than an ordinary black bumblebee. In fact, I got attacked and stung by three, one time, when I was on my roof and did not notice they had bored a hole in my wall for a nest. I don’t know what they are, but they act like Africanized bumble bees.

The honeybees disappear for weeks, then visit when weeds like clover bloom. I have seen them on commercial flowers, too, but the weeds seem more prolific, in the siren syrup nectar scene.

 

Must Read 4   Inspiring 4   Interesting 3  
Rate It | View Ratings

Allan Wayne Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Conceived on west coast,born on east coast,returned to northwest spawning grounds. Never far from water. Degree in biology, minor: socio/psychology. Nature-oriented. Building trades,marine carpentry, Army Veteran, ex-social worker, ex-tavern (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Stroll Along the Russian-Chinese-North Korean Border

Missing Man of Change Your Evil Ways, Baby

Desert Chic?--or Death in the Dunes? Obama Walks a Fine Line.

Tribal Girls on Pak-Afghan Border

OCCUPY D.C.1932. The Bonus Army. 17,000 Veterans. 26,000 Others. 500 Infantry. 4 dead, 1,017 injured. 69 Police Injured.

Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist's Tale

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: