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29 April 2011

Please! Don't Kill the Bees!!

When you see something like this swarm of bees on a tree or near the house....please DO NOT immediately go get the insecticide and spray them down. PLEASE, instead, call your county or state extension office and ask for the phone number of a local beekeeper who will be more than happy to come get them and take them to a new location. WE NEED BEES PEOPLE!
We have this cottonwood tree in our front lawn. If it were not for the shade the tree provides, the falcons who come back each year to nest in it and the hive of bees that lives in the hollow, that tree would be gone. But because of the shade, falcons and, most importantly, the bees, we keep the tree and put up with the crappy seed pods, sticky blooms that leave purple marks on the pavement and the leaves that we have to rake and bag each fall....the many many many bags of leaves.....
So the bees hatched a new queen this year. The older queen took some of the hive and moved out, but it's been cold this week and they sort of hung out on the side of the tree. DH looked it up and this is normal behavior. He asked me to look up info on who we could call to come get them and relocate this swarm. We know the importance of bees in the world. I called yesterday, Deborah came over on her lunch hour to get as many as she could. She hopes she got the queen. She called to say that she'd be back for the rest that evening. When she got back, the swarm had moved on, DH told her he'd seen them down the street on a big Mugho pine. By the time she got down there, the bees were dead. The DUMB-ASS house owner saw the bees in his tree, freaked the hell out and immediately sprayed them down with insecticide. Deborah knocked on his door to explain exactly what it was he had done, but doesn't think she got through his dumb-ass thick skull.
So I am hoping to let you all know by way of my blog....PLEASE DON'T KILL THE BEES!!! We need them! Or we don't get tomatoes...
Or these GORGEOUS blooms


Or these...




Or these....which the butterflies obviously dig, too


And my happy little chocolate flower...

3 comments:

Mary said...

Great reminder, Vickie! Ignorance can be excused once but after that, all bets are off. Hope the clueless neighbor gets it now.

Thoughts of Joy said...

Wow! That swarm is awesome! I've never seen anything like that (in a neighborhood tree). We get huge hives hanging down. How crazy to kill them and so quickly! It's not like they were termites or some other destructive creature.

Vickie said...

Mary: I can only hope he thinks before acting next time.

Joy: This was a mellow swarm, too. Just hugging the tree and some scouts heading out to look for new digs.