Sunday, March 24, 2013

Honeybee


With spring arrival, we can expect our beloved honeybee leaving their winter abode to greet us wholeheartedly.  Just like Pooh Bear, I too love honey. But as a MG, I love the honeybee more for its role in pollination of fruits and vegetables.

I learned that some crops such as blueberries and cherries are 90 percent dependent on honey bee pollination. And if you like almonds,  they depend entirely on the honeybee for pollination. (Source: American Bee Keeper Association)

Honeybees are beneficial insects. Therefore, keep them in mind when you are using pesticides. Some pesticides do not discriminate and will hurt all life forms.

4 comments:

  1. A friend sent an email this morning asking if I'd seen the thing in the Times on the lawsuit against the EPA re: honeybees. I hadn't, and hunted. Found this:

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/08/news/honey_bees_ny_times.fortune/index.htm

    Turns out it was the Washington Times. Here's the link to the article;
    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/buzz-bees/2013/mar/23/suit-filed-against-epa-over-killing-bees/

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    1. My comment below was in reference to your article from Washington Times, Thank you.

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  2. Thank you for the article. I like this quote from E.O. Wilson , a naturalist and a 2 time Pulitzer prize winner: "If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few month."

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  3. Doug Tallamy (PhD) entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home quotes that thought in his book. We're ALL part of a complex, amazing and interdependent dance on this planet. Just because we don't know what something's for (like TICKS or mosquitoes, for instance) doesn't mean they don't have a function in the whole.

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