There has been a lot of talk about bees lately, especially concerning many of them dying. Let's talk about the importance of bees and some facts about them.
First, a common type of bee in Michigan are bumblebees. Bees pollinate our plants, and are responsible for one third of the world's food. The reason they like flowers is because pollen has protein which helps them grow and nectar gives them energy to travel far distances.
Although they may seem dangerous because of their ability to sting, it is important to know that bees will not sting you unless provoked. Just like how you would respond if you or your family felt in danger, bees respond with a sting. Take some time to educate your kids on the importance of bees and how injuring them can severely impact our ecosystem.
If you are looking to attract bumblebees to your garden, consider a few things:
- Bees they are attracted to shades of yellow, blue and purple
- Double headed flowers are difficult for bees to access, so try planting plants with flat, single blossoms, such as daisies and marigolds
- Be mindful of using herbicides or pesticides on plants, they may be toxic to bees
- Bees need to drink water too, you can place a bowl with water with pebbles in it, so the bees have something to land on
Need a fun craft idea? Make your own bee and all you need is:
- toilet paper roll
- glue stick
- crayon or marker
Do you have questions about bees? You are more than welcome to ask the Michigan Bee Keepers Association at our Farm to Food Expo!