Bee Here Now

This year I planted wildflowers in the bed with the Scarlet Emperor beans. A bird-sown sunflower came up with them, too. And, of course, there are a couple squash and my Aussie pumpkin. My whole plan was to add a few random pollinators to the little bean paradise. It’s worked. I’ve seen more kinds of bees this year than in years past.

Two kinds of bees live under my house. One on the south and one on the east. The bees who come out of the crawl space door on the east side are bumblebees, big, fluffy and (strangely!) friendly. The hose hook-up is right by their house and sometimes when I fuss with that, one or two will just rest on my hand. It’s a sweet feeling having a tiny bee chilling on your damp hand, drinking. They are beautiful, with an orange band across their backs. They are partial to sunflowers. The other bees appear to be honey bees and they are partial to dandelions, which I don’t dig out, poison or, for now, even cut since I’m not mowing the lawn until my arm is better. In fact, my front yard looks like it belongs to some eccentric old lady.

Stop it. 😉

29 thoughts on “Bee Here Now

  1. I wonder if the first ones are Mason bees as they live under and in the fabric of the house. Most species of wild Honeybees tend to live in hives under the ground between hedge or tree roots interestingly.Hope your arm heals nice and soon!

  2. So many people would get rid of those bees under their house! I’m glad you planted a garden for them. Bees made a nest under my deck this year. They go underneath where Ophelia sits at the top of the stairs, so far we’ve all gotten along quite amicably.

  3. I don’t have much of a lawn, where stuff does grow I leave it be for the most part. I don’t mow the wildflowers until they die back and then its merely to clean up the scraggly look. Thankfully I live in an area where I can get away with that with no issues. Hope your arm heals quickly.

      • Living out in a rural area, I have no worries over sidewalks. My worst area is between my fence and the dirt road we live on. I let the wildflowers grow so that the people driving up and down the road won’t drive in my yard. Every time I mow, they suddenly think the road got wider.

  4. I’m amazed at the people who actively fear bees. They freak out completely, swatting and running if one gets close. Exactly the opposite of what they ought to do to avoid getting stung. If you aren’t aggressing on them, they have zero reason to sting (fatal to a honey bee) so the right thing to do is remain calm and move slowly. Even if you are allergic.

    I don’t have big problems with paper wasps and hornets and yellow jackets, though they are less easygoing. They don’t die when they sting and so have less to lose. I’d also hate to live around Africanized bees.

    If you really want it off you, the correct thing is a puff of breath. A swat might frighten the bee, cause a sting or crush the bee which can bring on the rest of the hive via pheromones.

    • I guess if you’re allergic, it might be scarier. I went hiking with a woman who was allergic to bees and walked through a swarm. I was in front of her. She freaked out, terrified the bees, ended up stung. I ended up rubbing salty chaparral mud on the bites and she was fine. I’d say in general people ought to remain calm. 😉

      • I think I’ve been stung once in the last five decades and I’ve spent a lot of time around bees. I accidentally stepped on a yellowjacket in the mud by a creek. It stung me. I said “Oh well!” and resigned myself to a painful foot for the rest of the hike.

        If I were allergic I’d definitely have my epi pens and some benedryl with me at all times. I still wouldn’t swat and wave at the bees.

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