There was concern for the past couple of years about bees disappearing. I haven't heard anything about that this year, but I can say there are definitely bees in my garden--tons of them and it looks like at least three different kinds. Astible, lavender and thyme seem to be particular favorites. Oh, yeah, how did I forget the bee balm? They like that too. Mike said he was nervous about mowing around the flower beds, but so far they just seem intent on the blossoms.
Some bee facts:
*Honeybees make honey--the only insect produced food for humans--not counting chocolate covered ants.
*Bees are socially tolerant, living in groups of 40 to 45 thousand per hive.
*Honey making is hard work, resulting in a short life span--about 6 weeks.
*Bees are long distance travellers. A bee can travel up to six miles per pollen gathering trip. It takes 1600 round trips to make just one ounce of honey.
*Bees are speedy, averaging 13-15 mph.
*Bees are patient and persistent. If bees from the same hive visit 225 thousand flowers per day and it takes 2 million such visits to make a pound of honey--well, you do the math, but I think that's over a week.
*The queen bee is very demanding and kind of slutty.
*About 8 pounds of honey is eaten by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax. (Does that mean that the wax is actually a waste product?
Did I miss a heads-up about the changing format of blogger?? Good grief.