Save The Bees!

Mrida : The Queen Bee (Postcard/Art Print)

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left, no more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” — Albert Einstein

मैं, मृदा। Let’s talk about my little helpers, the bees. Why bees? Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three morsels of food you put in your mouth. Is there a need to save them? Of course, yes! Honey bees, wild and domestic, perform about 80% of all the pollination worldwide. Whereas grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. 70/100 human food crops, responsible for 90% of world’s nutrition are pollinated by bees.

Bees are having a hard time with the alarming decline in their population due to use of pesticides, drought, loss of habitat, lack of nutrition, air pollution, global warming and more. We all can do our bit to help save the bees. You do not need to become a beekeeper for that. Little acts of kindness can go a long way.

Did you know that, with the exception of honeybees, most bees are solitary creatures? 70% of bees live underground, while 30% live in holes inside of trees or hollow stems. Since many solitary and bumble bees build their nests in undisturbed land, why not keep an untouched plot of land for them in your garden? “Bee Condos” allow solitary bees like mason bees to take up residence and pollinate your garden and are widely available for sale online or you can just make them at home easily. Placing little water bowls for these little helpers, hard at work would be great.

Let me tell you that weeds can be a good thing! In fact, a lawn full of clover and dandelions is a haven for honeybees and other native pollinators. Wildflowers, many of which we might classify as weeds, are some of the most important food sources for the bees. If some of these are “weeds” you choose to get rid of, let it bloom first for the bees and then before it goes to seed, pull it out or trim it back. Simple, right? One of the largest threats to bees is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl. If you notice a lack of green space in your neighbourhood, you can volunteer to plant a bee garden or create a habitat corridor with nectar-rich plants such as wildflowers. You don’t need a ton of space to help save the bees — gardens can be established in small spaces like balconies or street corners, and flowers can be planted along roadways and other public areas. Avoid chemically treating your flowers. Using these pesticides in your garden can not only keep bees away, but also endanger their lives. If you must treat your garden, opt for organic pesticide options and spray at night when pollinators are least active.

Let me also tell you that the bees are not out to get you. They want to forage pollen and nectar from flowers and bring that food back to their hive to provide food for themselves and the beehive. Many bees will land on you and sniff you out. They are busy running back and forth from the hive, and if you don’t get in their way, they won’t be in yours. While all pollinators are facing significant threats, some bumblebee species are the most-at-risk of extinction. So, whenever you see a bee, just stay calm around them and let them know you appreciate them.

“Unique among all God’s creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species.” — Royden Brown

Did you know that honeybees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years? It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man. That makes them valuable not just for pollinating the environment but also for providing honey to mankind. Honey has always been highly regarded as a medicine and has numerous healing properties. So, when you go to buy, choose your honey carefully. Local beekeepers who care about their honeybees and don’t harm them while extracting the honey is a great way to go. Bee Aware. Shop green. Do your bit and the nature will thank you in bountiful ways. Bee humble, bee bumble, bee kind. And spread the word!

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Mrida

I am Mrida. I come from nature, I thrive in nature, I give out to nature & finally become a part of it. I am Mother Nature, the earth in all its natural glory.