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Re: Are you seeing bees?

Post  FamilyGardening on 6/9/2011, 9:26 am

i have been seeing more bee's this year then i have the last few years..... cheers i have seen a really pretty orange bumble bee....i didnt even know there was orange ones.....a couple days ago....there was a really, really big fat bumble bee....thought i would share some pics of my new friends in the garden flower

the big boy


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my pretty orange guy


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Post  nancy on 6/9/2011, 10:25 am

I also am seeing more bees this year. My common milkweed is blooming and it is attracting everyone! Last night I had 5-6 honeybees, a monarch, and maybe a dozen bumble bees. They were all so busy! I got a big kick out of watching the honeys pick up the pollen and put it on their legs. Very amazing! I can't remember the last time I saw more than one honey at a time. Yea!!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/9/2011, 12:18 pm

they are so cute.......our big guy acted like he was drunk on the pollen....he was all into it...and then couldnt hardly fly away.... Laughing

its so weird how im not freaked out by them any more....i use to be so afraid...now the humming sound i hear....i really enjoy it Shocked ....i use to run away yelling geek ....LOL...

we use to have bee traps up around the house..... Sad
now i get after the dogs when they are trying to get them....my daughter even got upset the other day because she thought our puppy ate one.... affraid

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Post  martha on 6/9/2011, 12:41 pm

Family Gardening, you were much closer to the bee, obviously, so I might be wrong, but the orange guy looks like a honey bee to me.

Speaking of which, I have a few honeybees!

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Post  shannon1 on 6/10/2011, 12:46 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:they are so cute.......our big guy acted like he was drunk on the pollen....he was all into it...and then couldnt hardly fly away.... Laughing

its so weird how im not freaked out by them any more....i use to be so afraid...now the humming sound i hear....i really enjoy it Shocked ....i use to run away yelling geek ....LOL...

we use to have bee traps up around the house..... Sad
now i get after the dogs when they are trying to get them....my daughter even got upset the other day because she thought our puppy ate one.... affraid

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I still flee when they mistake my ears for flowers. I had a Dobie that got stung on the nose the poor thing swelled so much she looked like a cow. Gave her an antihistamine and she was fine.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/10/2011, 1:55 am

@martha wrote:Family Gardening, you were much closer to the bee, obviously, so I might be wrong, but the orange guy looks like a honey bee to me.

Speaking of which, I have a few honeybees!

honeybee that's cool Very Happy im not sure if its the same one or not but he or they keep showing up in the garden.....im hoping its a family Very Happy he or they are so pretty...i dont ever remember seeing one that color.....

LOL i call all the bee's bumble bee's Laughing

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Post  camprn on 6/20/2011, 7:34 pm

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination on TED.

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National Pollinator Week June 20-26, 2011

Post  camprn on 6/23/2011, 7:06 am

To attract more pollinators (not just bees) to your garden... read about it here
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/

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Post  shannon1 on 6/24/2011, 12:39 am

Realy nice link Canprn.

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Post  camprn on 8/25/2011, 9:31 am

Who knew? NASA is doing important honey bee research. Goddard Space Center. NASA What a Face

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Post  AprilakaCCIL on 8/25/2011, 9:52 am

I had a bee chase me around one bed that has squash in it yesterday. I was like okay pal--I'll leave! Laughing

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Post  camprn on 8/25/2011, 10:13 am

I am impressed with NASA research. If the bees make it through winter I may see about joining the effort.

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Post  camprn on 9/24/2011, 7:10 am

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c89_1316041199

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Post  NHGardener on 9/24/2011, 8:12 pm

Grrrr. I'm starting my bee class next month. I hope your bees make it thru the winter!

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Post  shannon1 on 9/25/2011, 5:15 am

@camprn wrote:http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c89_1316041199
I have posted in the past about these types of insecticides made by Bayer. The EPA has given them a free ride too long. You can find places to sign letters and other ways to help ban these in the US on the net.

I have only seen a hand full of honey bees this year. I guess no one is keeping any near me. The drought (we are getting rain now) has brought the bumble and carpender bee pop. down but the sweat bees are doing realy well. After researching I have decided to do little if any mulching between my T.T.'s so they can continue to nest in the moist ground around my garden. Thank goodness there is no big ag. near me. We must do what we can to stop this pesticide and others like it. Please take what action you can.

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Post  NHGardener on 9/26/2011, 11:16 am

Have to remark that I think every bee in the state is visiting my plot today.

We have several areas where wildflowers/weeds have been blooming, and the areas are just humming with bees. They're a white, small flower and have taken over everywhere we haven't mowed, which is a lot of areas - ha. When I looked closer this morning, they were swarming with mostly honeybees, plus bumblebees and some wasps. (I hate wasps.)

I don't where the hives are, but someone's bees are going to be making a lot of honey.

Funny how the different types of bee make different levels of buzzing sounds. It's a concert out there.

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Post  jkahn2eb on 9/26/2011, 11:22 am

Got a bunch of flowers planted in pots to attract bees...

Was reading the lizard talk and I've seen tons on the walls next to my garden... also seen a couple hiding in the blocks that line my garden (they have a little lip on them as they stack allowing critters to hide. Then I realized I often sit on the blocks and hopefully I'm not crushing any.

Also trying to keep Patches (our dog) from hopping into the watermelon patch along the wall as lizards are apparently the only thing more fun than cats to chase....

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Post  camprn on 9/26/2011, 5:06 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Have to remark that I think every bee in the state is visiting my plot today.

We have several areas where wildflowers/weeds have been blooming, and the areas are just humming with bees. They're a white, small flower and have taken over everywhere we haven't mowed, which is a lot of areas - ha. When I looked closer this morning, they were swarming with mostly honeybees, plus bumblebees and some wasps. (I hate wasps.)

I don't where the hives are, but someone's bees are going to be making a lot of honey.

Funny how the different types of bee make different levels of buzzing sounds. It's a concert out there.
Yup, they are making the last nectar and pollen push to build up the stores. Who is sponsoring the bee class you are going to be taking?

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Post  NHGardener on 9/26/2011, 5:27 pm

The Seacoast Beekeepers Assn. 6 weeks, one night a week for 2 hrs.

I guess they assign you a Bee Buddy. Smile

I think the reason we have so many bees right now is because around here most places are either treed or mowed. Right now our areas that aren't treed aren't mowed, so they're loving that. I'm glad to help the little guys along, they seem so happy. If I get a queen, maybe I can steal the hive. Haha.

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Post  sceleste54 on 9/26/2011, 10:25 pm

I was amazed this morning as I left for work. We have some kind of weed in our yard that looks a lot like a little tiny wild moss rose, and there were honeybees everywhere !! I've not noticed many at all this year but they were sure out in force this morning...Smile

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Post  camprn on 9/28/2011, 7:04 am

@NHGardener wrote:I guess they assign you a Bee Buddy. Smile
My Bee Buddy came by yesterday afternoon and we did a hive inspection. He declared my colony healthy and looking strong as we prepare for winter. The honey flow is still on, maybe for a few more weeks, but it really depends upon the weather, so the girls are keeping busy storing nectar and pollen and they continue to draw out comb on the foundationless frames. Good girls! Fingers crossed that they make it well through winter.

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Post  NHGardener on 9/28/2011, 8:07 am

How exciting camprn! I'm so happy for your happy hive. Smile I hope they don't freeze. I'll be anxious to hear.

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Post  camprn on 12/6/2011, 7:59 pm

Where would we bee without them?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/benefits-of-bees_b_1124850.html

http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/buzz/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/BeesMag3.jpg

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Post  martha on 12/6/2011, 10:29 pm

Kinda makes me just want to pet her a little.

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rofl

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