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.
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.
Thank you, Susan. That little sweetie was so tuckered out she spent the night on the deck railing. That was dew and after she warmed up, she flew back to work! Truly a worker bee!
And you’re a sweetie for noticing her
Thank goodness for the bees. May they recover from our destructive ways. 🐝🐝🐝
Time is running out for us, let’s hope the collective awakens before it is too late. ❤ Thanks, Tanja!
Wow. A third of every bite….that is humbling. Well done for highlighting it!
Thank you, MJ. I could have written that more clearly, I suppose, but I was rushed, hehe. One in three bites, or a third of our food would be more accurate! 😉
Ha! I got the drift anyway.
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!
Indeed they are. I would love to see a total ban on systemics, if not all pesticides. There really are better ways to garden and plant crops without poisoning the planet.
Yes, absolutely. There are so many better ways.
Lovely post! The pictures and the write up both are beautiful and meaningful!
Thank you, Harshi!
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. 😃🐝🐝🐝
Thank you, Cathy. Gardeners are more aware than most of this dire problem. We need bees more than they need us!
I think bees need this day urgently because until now I saw much less bees than the years before !
Yes, the decline is alarming to say the least. We really must stop poisoning our planet!
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Beautiful photos and I hope people appreciate bees!!!!
Thank you, Diana. We really need them, probably more than they need us!
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Thanks for the reminder. Have a nice weekend arriving! xx Michael
Thank you, Michael, and for reblogging!
Thank you as well, Eliza! Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael
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. 🙂
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!
What a lovely post! And, a good reminder to be more environmentally mindful.
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! 🙂
Bee happy with no pesticides!!
Great reminder of the importance of these insects. Beautiful shots!
Thank you, Sandy!
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 😉
“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. 😉
A beautiful tribute to special creatures.
Thank you, Anne. Indeed they are very special. 🙂
Such a good collection, Eliza! Thank you for the info, too — I didn’t know there was such a thing as World Bee Day.
Thank you, Debbie. I love listening to the happy buzz of bees as I work in my garden. The sound of contentment!
Fabulous bees. And such an important message about not using pesticides
Thank you, Karina. We love our bees! 🙂
If anything deserved a day of recognition, it’s bees! Wonderful post and beautiful photos, Eliza!
Thank you, Belinda!
There are tons of ‘days’ that just cause me to roll my eyes. This one quickens my pulse. 🙂 Great photos.
Thank you, Judy!
…..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.
Indeed they do, and you are a good example of those leading the charge, Alice!
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!
I heartily agree, Linda. Bees buzzing around me in the garden makes me so happy!
Beautiful images of the flowers and bees Eliza and belated happy World Bee Day! 💛🐝
Thank you, Xenia! Bzzzz! 🙂
Love our bees 🐝
Yes we do! ❤
Woot woot for the bees! 🙂
They are treasures. I share your alarm and concern.
Thank you, Alys. Their loss is unthinkable!
Beautiful photos, Eliza–and a much needed reminder on our bees, which seem quite cuddly when you see them in a flower.
Thanks, Lisa. Bumbles are cuddly… did you know that you can pet them? My sister used to teach all the nieces and nephews to do so!
I did not know you could pet them, but they look like you could!
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!
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!
Happy World Bee Day! In Sweden we celebrate “Biologiska Mångfaldens 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!
Wonderful! Good work, Maria. Happy Biodiversity Day!
Happy Biodiversity Day! ❤
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.
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!
Plants and their devourers do build a coexistent compatibility…at least in most cases. Milkweed is a good example where there is a constant evolutionary battle between the two for survival. I believe you are doing the right thing.
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.
Thanks, Jet. This war against insects has got to end. Life on earth depends on it.
So great that there is now an awareness of the importance of bees
Amen to that. Thank you, Diana!
Very Nice Eliza! Great Post & Great series of images!
Thank you, Reed!
Beautiful bee images, Eliza. All for using less insecticides. 😊
Glad to know that, Pepper. Thanks much!
such an important critter in our world….love the photos.
That dew drenched image is quite amazing! Bravo for capturing it.
Thank you, Monika. The chilly temps gave me the advantage. At first, I thought she was dead, but thankfully, just in torpor. Once warmed, she flew away. 🙂
Love it when nature prevails like that!
They are here as well, despite strong winds. 🐝
Happy little buzzy friends!
A wonderful collection of bee images, Eliza.
Thank you, Lynn. Happy garden companions!
What bee could resist your gorgeous flowers! I’m seeing mostly carpenter bees so far.
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!
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!
Thank you, Barbara. I’m enjoying my bee friends this spring. So far, their numbers look good. Of course, I provide a nice banquet. 😉
Such an important message! Thank you.
Thank you, Carol. Glad you liked!
Great shots Eliza! Last year some folks started a town apiary near our community garden.
Thank you, Denise. What a great idea. ‘More bees and more trees,’ that’s my motto for helping our declining insect populations.