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A bunch of bees getting busy in the backyard. .
It's a native Michigan plant I got from Calvin college. Their biology students walked around outside and gathered seeds of native plants propogated them, replanted lots and sold a few. .
This one got BIG. Bees like it. There is another plant in my backyard also a native from Calvin on which I saw five different types of bees one day.
Some of the colours of spring 🌻 By having our veggie patch on the front lawn we can make best use of our surrounding garden to provide colour and attract polinators. We are surrounded by beneficial insects who do their bit and have a variety of pollen 🐝.
¿Sabías que la polinización mejora en rendimiento y calidad la producción agrícola? Para conservar sus beneficios es necesario conocer, compartir y aplicar Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas en función de los polinizadores. Conoce en el link de la bio las recomendaciones para cumplir este compromiso
So far sudah ada 3 jenis lebah yang terdeteksi sering mampir kesini. Paling banyak kayak di video atas. Ini kayaknya varietas yang lebih jinak. Soalnya dua yang lainnya susah banget ketangkap kamera. Salah satunya yang bertubuh mengkilap seperti di video bunga matahari yang dulu pernah saya post.
Jenis yang ketiga ini badannya lebih gendut dan berbulu.
Menyaksikan keasyikan para lebah menghisap sari bunga itu seru tapi gemes. Gemes karena pak suami nggak kunjung membuatkan sarangnya di rumah. Padahal udah pengeeeennn banget ngerasain punya sarang lebah sendiri.
Orang lain sampe beli koloni lebah saking pengennya punya lebah dan panen madu sendiri. Lah kita lebahnya udah dateng sendiri, malah nggak dimanfaatin. Gemes aku tu 😣 Padahal dulu pak suami yang request bunga2an supaya mengundang lebah datang.
'Special studies' has got to be one of my favorite lessons of the week. Following interest, looking a little deeper and a little closer, observing and doing... That is what makes these kinds of studies 'special!' ❤️
This week we are taking a closer look at 'mini beasts,' so we set out to find as many mini beasts as we could! I'm pretty sure we win for the most 'mini beasts' per square inch (see last photo 😂 Those box alder bugs are a nuisance!).
We weren't planning on doing our nature walk yesterday, but attitudes seemed willing. Interest was peaked. And Mommy had done her reading up in the Handbook of Nature Study😎
We talked about beetles, grasshoppers and honey bees. We got a close look at all three!
Fun insect facts:
🐜 Insects have 3 body segmented (head, thorax, abdomen)
🐜 The adults almost always have wings.
🐜 The breath through tiny holes called spiracles generally found on their sides.
Are you doing any special studies this week? We are also following interest and learning a bit about tornados and hurricanes!
About a year ago, I decided it was time to overcome my fear of bees. I didn’t exactly know how to go about it.
While searching the internet, I found this lady named Sara Mapelli Tink (pictured above). It felt evident to me that I had to contact her because clearly, she has a good relationship with bees.
I told her that I wanted to overcome my fear, and I asked her if there was anything she could do for me. She was featured in a National Geographic article, and honestly, I had no idea if she’d respond.
Fortunately, she did, and with great enthusiasm! She told me that once a year, she gets all the bees together and puts on a dance performance/healing circle for people to get in touch with and be moved by the energy of these creatures. She invited me to come along.
When the day of the event came, I was petrified. I could not believe what I had signed up for. I had never been stung---what if I was allergic? This could potentially be my death sentence.
I showed up dressed in white as requested, and nervously sat in the circle. She gracefully walked out to us with a sweet acoustic band parading behind her. As she got closer, it became apparent that she was COVERED in bees. Not just a few hundred bees…. but TWELVE THOUSAND! Yes, you read it right. 12,000 bees. She was smiling delightfully with each step. How in the heck?!? She made her way over to my seat and we engaged in two minutes of solid eye contact. It was suggested we each have an intention beforehand as we stared back at her into the circle---but all I could stay present to were the trickle of bees that had flown onto my shoulders and the loud vibrant buzzing. I was so frozen in fear that I didn’t even think I could leave the circle if I wanted to.
Thankfully, I didn’t get stung, and as she moved over to the next person, my nervous tension started to soften. At that moment, I actually felt more connected to her passion, and simultaneously in awe of the adaptability of the human mind.
I’m still afraid of bees, but now I can stand in a field of flowers and feel the magical source of power that they bring. Thank you for holding space for me, Sara. That moment changed me forever. 🐝
How We Started...
Chapter 1: The Spark
The ‘spark’ that started us thinking. In May 2013, the house in SC, where I grew up had an infestation of bees. Admittedly for year or 2 before we would notice a bee or 2 in the den. They never bothered us. The bees just seemed lost. Mom was still alive, but she was sick by this point. My brother was there during the week. I was there on the weekends. My brother had gotten in touch with a beekeeper who came and took the swarm. Zach (my Hub) and I were busy barely scraping by working multiple jobs. But we both thought the same thing, “Don’t kill the bees.” My brother, obviously, felt the same way. I think the beekeeper got a great swarm that day.
No work on the bus today. Scott hasn’t been feeling well the past couple of days, so we are taking a night off. Nothing remedies not feeling great like resting at home with each other and getting cuddles from the pups.
Today I was finally able to sneak up on a male long-horned bee. They’re such quick little dudes!
These are more solitary bees! Females antennas are much shorter.
Females dig burrows using their legs & mandibles. They then fill each cell with a pollen ball & a single egg.