Lawn care service can mean more than just mowing your lawn, it’s caring for the health of the whole ecosystem that a healthy lawn is part of. One sign of a healthy lawn is biodiversity or having a large number of different plants and animals. Now, of course, there are some animals we don’t’ want in our yards, at least not taking of residence there but when it comes to insects, especially helpful insects we should hope to see them. Honey bees are one such insect we should hope to see in our gardens. Honey bees are the major pollinator in our world, and without them we would have a shortage of food unimaginable to us today. Today, bees are in trouble
Honey bees are in trouble and we must all play our small parts to help our busy friend.
First let’s make sure we are all talking about the same buzzy insect. Many people mistake other winged creatures for honey bees. Honey bees are about a half an inch long and are fuzzy. They are covered with tiny hairs, unlike wasps who have a hairless abdomen. Honey bees wings are in proportion to its body, not exceptionally large in comparison to their bodies. Honey bees are conveniently the color of honey so if you see something more like hazard cone yellow dive bombing you, it’s not a honey bee. Honey bees are also not known to dive-bomb anyone. Species kept by beekeepers for honey are docile Italian honey bees and most wild bees are also docile. They become aggressive only in the fall when someone opens the hives to harvest the honey. They defend their hive because the honey is their winter food storage and without it the hive will die. We will continue our discussion in our next blog.