Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide — News : NPR

Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony’s young, researchers say.(Image credit: James Crall /Science)

via Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide — News : NPR

Of all the coneflowers, in all the gardens, you fly onto mine

I haven’t seen many butterflies thus far this year, so a few days ago I was excited to be  treated to a wonderful scene on my garden coneflower.  This beauty alighted and fed for a long time, but she wasn’t alone as another little flying beauty was also admiring the echinacea.

Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan 

The monarch and the bee had a bit of an aerial scuffle, but soon the bee moved onto some other tasty wildflowers and the butterfly was left to alight and feed for an extended period of time.

If you stop, look and feel nature for even just a short amount of time, you’ll experience a little, glorious heavenly shudder in your very soul.

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Dandelions: drops of sunshine that pack a nutritional punch!

Under-valued and decried as a mere weed, the humble yet very hardy dandelion is all too often vilified as a mere weed, a scourge that gardeners and landscapers are often determined to rid from view using harmful chemicals and sprays.  I for one hope more people will refute this misinformed view of dandelions as they are beautiful, and they pack a lot of nutrients for both people and insects, especially bees!

Dandelions have huge benefits for bees.  Bees gravitate to dandelions en masse for sustenance during those early, cold spring days when there’s little if anything else upon which to feed.

Next time you see a dandelion flower, don’t see it as a weed, see it as a beautiful drop of nutrition and sunshine!


Bee Wisdom

F/6.3, 1/100, ISO 250. Bumblebee What do you call a wasp? A wanna-bee! Interesting Fact: Bumblebees use sense of smell to detect flowers rich in nectar. Sense of smell is located on the antennas on the head. ( )

via If You Want A Pet Bee, You Must Be Called A Wanna-Bee. — Through Open Lens