World Bee Day 2022

May 20 is World Bee Day, a day to recognize and support the incredible service that bees provide for us. One in every third bite you take is because a worker bee provided the pollination of that food free of charge! Imagine what your life would be like without these invaluable insects.

Bee populations are threatened worldwide. Please don’t use pesticides, esp. neonicotinoids, and encourage friends, retailers and nurseries to do the same.

World Bee Day

Bumblebees
Solitary bees
Honeybee

About Eliza Waters

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97 Responses to World Bee Day 2022

  1. susurrus says:

    What a great post. Those rainy wings made me smile and wonder if the bee was OK at the same time. They don’t usually stay out in the rain.

  2. Thank goodness for the bees. May they recover from our destructive ways. 🐝🐝🐝

  3. maryjane678 says:

    Wow. A third of every bite….that is humbling. Well done for highlighting it!
    MJ

  4. Dale says:

    Oh! I had no idea…. Now I needs must go through my pics and post some, too!
    These are wonderful. And so very important to our survival!

  5. Harshi says:

    Lovely post! The pictures and the write up both are beautiful and meaningful!

  6. Cathy says:

    Another world day I had not heard of. And a worthy one too. Lovely photos Eliza! I’ll try and get a post up for this day too. 😃🐝🐝🐝

  7. picpholio says:

    I think bees need this day urgently because until now I saw much less bees than the years before !

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  9. Beautiful photos and I hope people appreciate bees!!!!

  10. Thanks for the reminder. Have a nice weekend arriving! xx Michael

  11. Robin says:

    Thank you for the reminder, Eliza. Beautiful collection of bees and flowers. The bee with the wet wings look a little like how I feel when I get caught in the rain. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. That little sweetie spent the night out on the deck railing covered in dew. She eventually warmed up and flew away. She must have been one tired bee!

  12. dawnbirdau says:

    What a lovely post! And, a good reminder to be more environmentally mindful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Dawn. I do believe the collective needs to awaken to the state of our planet before it is too late to do anything about it. It is at our peril if we ignore it. Plant trees and help the bees! 🙂

  13. Bee happy with no pesticides!!

  14. sandyjwhite says:

    Great reminder of the importance of these insects. Beautiful shots!

  15. Kris P says:

    I was surprised and preased to find that World Bee Day was endorsed by none other than the UN. You are up on all the nature-related events on the calendar, Eliza! I need to pay more attention 😉

    • Eliza Waters says:

      “I get by with a little help from my friends.” 😉 The past two event days were brought to my attention by followers, so of course, I rose to the occasion. 😉

  16. Anne says:

    A beautiful tribute to special creatures.

  17. Debbie says:

    Such a good collection, Eliza! Thank you for the info, too — I didn’t know there was such a thing as World Bee Day.

  18. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Fabulous bees. And such an important message about not using pesticides

  19. If anything deserved a day of recognition, it’s bees! Wonderful post and beautiful photos, Eliza!

  20. There are tons of ‘days’ that just cause me to roll my eyes. This one quickens my pulse. 🙂 Great photos.

  21. Alice says:

    …..these wonderful little creatures are so important for our planet…and they work so hard to give us so much…I just wish more people understood that completely. Our precious pollinators need caring people.

  22. shoreacres says:

    I can remember a time — a very long time ago — when the buzz of busy bees would make me nervous. How I’ve changed — and slowly, slowly, I believe the world is changing, too in its appreciation of these wonderful creatures.Every day needs to be a bee appreciation day!

  23. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful images of the flowers and bees Eliza and belated happy World Bee Day! 💛🐝

  24. Karen Lang says:

    Love our bees 🐝

  25. Woot woot for the bees! 🙂

  26. They are treasures. I share your alarm and concern.

  27. arlingwoman says:

    Beautiful photos, Eliza–and a much needed reminder on our bees, which seem quite cuddly when you see them in a flower.

  28. Brenda says:

    I love photographing bees and other pollinators. I’m on my second year of not keeping honeybees and have been trying to (very unscientifically) see if I will have an increase in native bees. So far, it doesn’t seem like it!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      There are so many different bees with different habitat needs. There are ones that nest in the ground that they recommend leaving open sections of your garden (how does one keep the weeds down??) to placing reeds out for hollow nesters and mud puddles for daubers, and more when you get into wasp pollinators. It is mind boggling!

  29. Maria says:

    Happy World Bee Day! In Sweden we celebrate “Biologiska MÃ¥ngfaldens Dag” today May 22nd, the day of biodiversity. It’s a theme I’ve been working with the oldest kids (5-6 year olds) at my school this past year, and we had a grand celebration this week. My class prepared several garden beds in advance, they taught younger children in two different groups (on different days) about why we need biodiversity, the bees were naturally a huge part. Afterwards my class helped the younger children to plant tons of flowers that attract beneficial insects at different locations. I am so proud of my class 🙂 They did such a wonderful job!

  30. It’s too bad many people don’t recognize not only the contribution to our existence that bees make but most all other insects as well. I am sure your gardens attract and provide sustenance to thousands.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I certainly hope so. Once you plant natives, you notice how many different species it supports and the light bulb goes on. Whereas I used to remove caterpillars from my garden plants, I now leave them to munch… a big leap of faith for me that the plants have adapted to survive a minor munching. I have owlet larva on my favorite meadow rue. I’m hoping that I can support owlets and have flowers, too. We’ll see!

  31. Jet Eliot says:

    I really enjoyed this celebration of bees, Eliza. It is sad to see bee populations struggling to survive, and heartwarming to see your reverence and devotion. I’m with you in protecting the bees and honoring their extreme importance on our planet, and encouraging the termination of pesticides.

  32. dianaed14 says:

    So great that there is now an awareness of the importance of bees

  33. Very Nice Eliza! Great Post & Great series of images!

  34. Pepper says:

    Beautiful bee images, Eliza. All for using less insecticides. 😊

  35. Donna Donabella says:

    such an important critter in our world….love the photos.

  36. That dew drenched image is quite amazing! Bravo for capturing it.

  37. Bela Johnson says:

    They are here as well, despite strong winds. 🐝

  38. A wonderful collection of bee images, Eliza.

  39. pbmgarden says:

    What bee could resist your gorgeous flowers! I’m seeing mostly carpenter bees so far.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Susie. Carpenter bees are the black sheep of the bee family, but they have their part to play. I’m seeing good numbers on the solitary and bumble bees this year, which pleases me no end!

  40. Thank you for the beautiful reminder to recognize and be grateful for so many kinds of essential bees. If only more of us would get on board and stop using pesticides! It always makes me happy when I see a bumble bee visiting my flowers. Great pictures, Eliza!

  41. naturebackin says:

    Such an important message! Thank you.

  42. Great shots Eliza! Last year some folks started a town apiary near our community garden.

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