According to recent studies 75% of the world’s food crops are directly dependent on pollinators like butterflies or honeybees. Surely a lot rides on the honey bee’s journey.
In the past few decades there has been an alarming rate of bee population declining due to adverse conditions like habitat loss and increase in pesticides. One simple thing that all of us can do is – Plant Bee-happy Plants. Each one of us can contribute to this share.
Here are 4 easy ways to Save the Bees and Save the World:
1. Stop use of Pesticides
Say a BIG NO! to the lethal use of insecticides, pesticides and herbicides because they are extremely harmful to the honeybees by having ill-effects on them like impaired development, reduced foraging, reproductive ability, fecundity and navigating abilities.
This goes not just for the bees but for all insects in your lawns or gardens. Majority of insects are beneficial or benign other than a dangerous few. If one plants native plants – they anyways do not have issues of infestation and even if they do – they are taken care of by natural parasites and predators.
Harvard Researchers have found that the use of plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides – are one of the reasons for honeybees’ colony collapse disorder. When buying plants or saplings purchase from organizations that do not use pesticides.
2. Be and Think like a BEE in your Mind:
Be and Think like a Bee – to attract Bees – entice them with food in the form of nectar and pollen. A choice of native plants is best as bees are pre-disposed and programmed for them. Plant the plants in drifts and swathes – rather than scattering just a few.
As per expert finding, plant at least 3 feet of single species and concentrate them in one area. Help bees who are foraging since they like to go to the same plant over and over for a repetition of the nectar kind.
Also help honeybees save time in searching for them. Use successive blooms that are season-round – foraging by honeybees happen all year round other than mid-winter months.
Make place for bees to move in your lawn or garden. Leave patches of untilled soil that is bare and undisturbed to make space for bee nesters. If you have left over wood – drill different sized holes to make place for bees to build their habitats. They are thirsty with all the bussing – therefore make sure there is water for them to drink in your garden – clean the water regularly – you don’t want mosquito issues – Do you?
3. Be choosy in Picking up Plants:
Remember to select single petal plants over multi petal plants – as the pollen and nectar of single petal plants are easily accessible to honeybees. It is highly recommended to use non-hybrid plants because breeding fancy plants reduces pollen content.
The native plants recommended are: any kind of salvia (Salvia chamaedryoides is the best choice), phacelias, bush sunflowers, desert willows, flowering cactus, wild lilac, lavender, sneezeweed, woolly blue curls, sticky monkey flower, coffee berry, buckwheat, poppy, buckeye and yarrow.
4. Bees Have an Eye for COLOR:
Bees have sharp color vision but prefer ultraviolet. They find it difficult to see red as they see it as green, therefore difficult to differentiate between a flower and the greenery. Purple, white, blue, yellow are good colors for flowers. However the hottest flowers for honeybees are Salvia called ‘Hot Lips’ even though they are red colored flowers.
So what are you waiting for – become a volunteer to save the bees and save the world by spreading blooms and letting honey bees habitats grow and become a part of your life.
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