Bumblebees

Bee on Monarda crop

This time of year I love watching the bumblebees go nuts over Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa). Interestingly, bumblebees and other native bees can use this plant but–because of the flower structure–honeybees cannot. We have all heard a lot about the decline in honeybee populations, but, sadly, bumblebee populations are also on the decline. According to this article¬†http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/earth-is-losing-its-bumblebees/ar-AAcLXhu?ocid=iehp the culprit is global climate change. Planting more native wildflowers and leaving some bare ground in your garden for ground-nesting bees can help. And make sure that any plants you purchase are not treated with neonicotinoid pesticides (http://www.xerces.org/neonicotinoids-and-bees/). Happy Bee Watching!

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July 26, 2015