Missing Bee Mystery – The Buzz on Vanishing Bees

Have you heard about the missing bees? It seems that honeybees in the United States and Europe have been dying at an alarming rate. A condition called “colony collapse disorder,” or CCD has left beekeepers in a lurch.

Why are Bees Vanishing?

Find out more about why are bees are vanishing and what we can do to help.What’s Going On?

It appears that pesticides, disease and weather are to blame according to this Harvard Study.

Find out more about why are bees are vanishing and what we can do to help.

Not Just  Honeybees

Did you know that there are more than 25,000 species of bees in the world? Most of them are not honeybees or bumblebees but are wild bees or solitary bees that do not colonize in a group. That’s a good thing, but it does not help beekeepers produce honey, or farmers who bring in -truck -loads of bees every year from beekeepers to help pollinate their crops. Worse yet, some suspect that the wild bees and the bumblebee are also starting to decrease in number.

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Why Do We Care?

Other than the simple fact that it is sad, maybe even scary to see a major species dying out, we really need these guys. Nevermind the fact that no bees equals no honey; we also depend on bees to pollinate so much of our food. So many plants that produce fruit needs bees to pollinate its flowers. And I mean fruit in the plant sense which includes fruits, vegetables and nuts. Lastly, considering that our livestock is fed from these plants they are also affected which in turn affects our supply of meat and dairy.

Things We Can Do To Help

Plant Bee Friendly Plants

Bees enjoy plants that are rich in pollen and nectar. Heirloom and natives that are fragrant and have bright colors are good options to attract the bees. Check out this pretty poster from Etsy. It’s a great graphic about how to attract bees to the garden.

From Etsy

From Etsy

Make a Bee Hotel

Tie a bunch of bamboo or hollow sticks together or drill holes in a block of wood for wild bees to nest in. Find out how you can make one here. You can also buy one on Amazon like this:

Create a Bee Bath

Set out a swallow dish with fresh water, or simply place some stones in your birdbath so that the bees have something to stand on while they drink.

Bee Bath ~ save the bees ~ gardenmatter.com

 

 Become a Beekeeper

Beekeeping is an affordable hobby that doesn’t take much more time than vegetable gardening and is so rewarding. Check out this article about a passionate beekeeper here. Here’s a starter kit that has everything you need.

Avoid Pesticides

Shop at a local nursery if possible and check to see if they use pesticides on their plants. So now that you know more about our bee dilemma spread the word. This story would make for a perfect conversation starter at your get together.  And dare I say, everyone will think you are “The Bees Knees.”

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I am very alarmed by the drop in the number of bees; the loss of pollinators is a huge problem on so many levels. I watch my garden every year to gauge how they are doing.

  2. Love the idea of the little bee bath and l love the illustration of what to plant ! I don’t really like bee’s but I ADORE what they do!

    • Hi Madaline,

      I’m sure they get some bees in Rome but so far I’m happy to report that they are kicking here in the Pennsylvania suburbs. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

  3. I am allergic to bees but still understand their importance! Hopefully their numbers improve.

  4. Thanks for the information and the useful suggestions to help. Lidia

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