Thursday, August 15, 2013
Bee Buzz 2 & 3
Bees are awesome! In addition to making honey, they also pollinate a ton of food we eat, from apples to tomatoes to buckwheat! They're also beautiful insects - check out these amazing images of native American bees from Wired Science.
If you're not already aware of how awesome bees are - let The Secret Life of Bees from the Smithsonian Magazine convince you! Bees and other pollinating insects are in decline - which could mean bad news for our favorite fruits and veggies if their populations continue to plummet. Nature has an article, The pollinator crisis: What's best for bees that's definitely worth checking out.
These two photographs were taken today in the gardens at the Conservatory - several patches of herbs were abuzz with all sorts of bees! The second photo is of a bee getting a drink of water from a fountain in the Pollinators Garden. It's specifically designed for pollinating insects to be able to get a sip of water - but the birds love it for a quick bath too!