Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Bees, Glorious Bees


As you can see from my blog header and sidebar,
bees are important here at She Who Seeks blog.

(If you're a "newbee" in the hive and want to know why,
click on this link to find out.)

So today's post is dedicated to bees everywhere!


Bees are notoriously hard workers.


And speaking of bee butts . . . .


However, it's a dangerous thing to be a bee today.

Let's walk a mile in their shoes
(errr, boots) to see why.


Bees pollinate most of the world's crops.

The crops on which we all depend in order to live.


Pesticides are killing off bees at an alarming rate.

Some even fear that bees will soon die out completely.

That would be disastrous for all of us, of course.


So it's clear what we must do.

Ban those pesticides now!



We must protect bees and
their central place in our ecosystem.


Before it's too late!

52 comments:

DEZMOND said...

OMG I'd totally wear those shoes, so pretty!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I agree whole heartedly. We had a local bee farmer / honey producer just down the road and after he lost most of his bees, he closed up shop and moved away. Watched a very interesting thing on Netflix about honey and how foreign honey is sometimes mixed in with domestic honey - very scammy. -Jenn

Moving with Mitchell said...

I love bees. I find them fascinating. I appreciate what bees do for the world. But I’m deathly allergic and have been stung many times over the years (which is why a local allergy turned into a general allergy). So, I still get anxious when I see a close-up shot of the real thing. I would however love to own that embroidery! (And the worker bees are wonderful.)

Anonymous said...

Brilliant post. I LOVE those boots.

DVArtist said...

This post is brilliant. I LOVE those boots.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Bees popped up in a conversation I was having and I could NOT believe some people think they are useful because they.... produce honey. I got on my portable soapbox and let them HAVE IT.
How dare they be so uninformed?
Love the bees. I wish I had my own house so I could have a beehive....

XOXO

Bob said...

Who'da ever thunk it was bees???

Bathwater said...

So true. Is it getting any better?

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love this post!!! and the worker bees....hehehe!

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, When I was growing up I knew where every wild fruit tree grew, and in those days, when there were also lots of bees, there was plenty of wild fruit (apples, sour cherries, pears, etc.) for eating and for pies, etc. Then the problems with bees arrived--pollution, insecticides and bee mites. Suddenly there was very little fruit, and what there was was malformed and riddled with insects. There simply were not enough bees to pollinate.

Commercial crops use commercial bees, but when those hives get sick or die we will all be in trouble! I rarely see honeybees when out walking in the summer anymore.
--Jim

Busy Bee Suz said...

You know I love this post....it's the buzz that matters. If every person makes a conscientious decision to limit pesticides, we (and the bees) would be better off.
Do you remember as a kid seeing so many bees, bumblebees, and butterflies? yep, sadly, they're all going, going, going....

Lady M said...

After reading bad things about bees and almond milk, I am cutting way back on my almond usage. Although I only use organic almonds and make my own milk. I have been making my own soy milk out of organic soybeans instead.

Susan said...

Precious bees! (I so want those boots...) I have been planting more and more flowering shrubs and perennials every year to try and keep them going. Bees are magical! xo

Frank said...

Hive collapse syndrome is such an awful thing. We are slowly but surely destroying everything that sustains us. I'm not optimistic about our ability to turn things around. Hope I'm wrong.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Lovely post Debra. Bees are so important! Love the worker bees...lol
The cute little bee sticking out of the flower is priceless.

Kirk said...

Bees are great. I'm just not so fond of their country-club cousins, you know, WASPS.

Polly said...

I adore bees. We have some glorious lavender shrubs in our garden which attract hundreds of bees. One day after some light rain the bees were a bit damp and slow, I actually stroked one, I was very gentle and it soon returned to its pollen collection.
PS I don't think your food blog will catch on! :-)

bobbie said...

Those boots are the Bee's Knees!!

anne marie in philly said...

worker bees - hee hee hee. but yeah, without bees no food, no flowers, no honey, no nothing!

^.^ said...

:) Love, cat.

Adam said...

Many busy bees.

Lisa said...

I love the boots. I want them.

Leanna said...

Some of these memes tickled me which I needed. Thanks hon.

Mistress Maddie said...

I love bees. I have read about the pesticides killing them. Here in the east they are also slowly killing off the lightening bugs with the same pesticides. A local bee farm here makes the best honey I use. Unfortunately for the winter there stands are not yet open.

Brian Joseph said...

Bees are wondrous creatures. I have both family members and friends who are beekeepers. Let us hope that the current crises over the bees being endangered is rectified soon.

Marie Smith said...

Oh how I wish pesticides were banned! Completely!

Martha said...

Oh, how I adore these little critters! We must do better by them.

Mike said...

Bad news for the bees.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_destructor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder

Guillaume said...

I love bees, because they give us honey.

miruspeg said...

I'm with you Debra 100% regarding the bees.
Bees are so important and we tend to take them for granted.
Great post my friend
Keep shining.
Hugs
Peggy xxxx

Tundra Bunny said...

The worker bees' butt cracks were funny and the bumblebee's ass hanging out of a crocus was uber cute!

Pollinator recovery is at a critical juncture. Habitat fragmentation, degradation and outright destruction are the primary causes for so many declining populations of aquatic and terrestrial flora/fauna in Canada. The Canadian Wildlife Federation has a lot of good information on its website about what people can do to help pollinators. For example, the CWF's "Ban With A Plan" program consists of a 5 step plan to address the negative effects of neonicotinoid pesticides. Go to www.cwf-fcf.org for more information.

I now return you to the regularly scheduled programming....

Joanne Noragon said...

I suppose every little bit of help all of us contribute may change the bees' fate. I don't know of any better way.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Tundra Bunny -- Thanks for providing some scientific heft to my "our friend, the bee" post!

Barbara said...

I love those boots. I would definitely wear them. Also, love the backend of the bumblebee. Somebody is an incredible photographer.

JACKIESUE said...

I think I already committed but got to watching tv and now I can't remember..hahahah..so?..I love them fecking shoes.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

I love bumblebees just because.

Janie Junebug said...

Booze, glorious booze. Scotch, beer, and White Russians. . . . What? Oh, it's bees. I love the bee boots. I want a pair and then I want a
glass

of water. I don't drink.

Love,
Janie

Rosemary said...

I love that first image - I am a great advocate of Bees and have a solitary bee house on our house wall which is nested in every year. I wonder how many little bees my house has produced over the years.

Liz Hinds said...

With you all the way!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I never understand humanity's reasoning when it comes to the use of pesticides. The side effects of using that kind of poison is so devastating. I feel for the bees (and for us, too).

Magaly Guerrero said...

And thank you for the giggles, Debra. It's what I love about your blog--even when things are difficult, you find a way to start necessary discussions... and still keep the amusement levels high.

This N That said...

Spot on...love the work bees...I think we are all endangered these days..

LL Cool Joe said...

I have a cushion with 3 bees on it and every time I look at it, I think of you. To be honest I don't look at it that often but it sounded good didn't it? :D

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Ha! I think those worker bees are checking the pipes. They're plumbers, that is.

Bee happy and well!

Fundy Blue said...

Worker bees ~ Hahaha! People are having trouble here keeping their hives going. It's distressing.

pam nash said...

My borage is covered with bees right now. Makes me happy to see them buzzing around!

Winter Moon Books said...

A wonderfully buzzy post!

I particularly love the boots.

Miss Val's Creations said...

The bumblebee butt sticking out of the flower is so cute! We never use chemicals in our yard and made sure to plant flowers the bees love. My husband even mows around flowering weeds since the honey bees visit them too. Such incredibly important little creatures.

Rommy said...

We've got several local bee keepers here, which delights me. But there's so much more that needs to be done to ensure the health of the bee population as a whole.

baili said...

wonderful post dear Debra :)
enjoyed it alot!

reminded me a book i read back in school library ,it was about how bees work to create their honey world was inspiring !

Jenn said...

Bees are cool.

Magic Love Crow said...

Bees are so important!!! I have to admit, the first thing my mom made me do, when the virus started, was to get more honey! We make sure we have honey everyday! Honey is a natural healer! I know even when I came out of the hospital, I was told to drink honey and hot water! Debra, are those boots real?? They are gorgeous, WOW! Big Hugs!