I don’t really believe in the mundane and especially not when it comes to nature. Even the most common life is special in its own ways. The daisy fleabane is one of our most abundant wildflowers in Appalachia and the little sweat bees are everywhere. Though small the sweat bees actually do the lion’s share of pollination wildflowers and stone fruit such as cherry and peach. In fact about 30% of crops in the United States rely on the tiny wings of a sweat bee to carry pollen between flowers. Some plants are reliant solely on the smallest bees. And while this tiny little bee can’t make honey it does something that the honeybees can’t do. It’s called “buzz pollination”. The little sweat bees will hang on tight to a flower’s anther and vibrate its wings. This causes the flowers to release their pollen and some crops like potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, pumpkins and blueberries require buzz pollination to become fertile. You may see honeybees visit these crops but they only gather the pollen left behind by the tiny sweat bees and sip the nectar. Without sweat bees you can even forget about the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. And the daisy fleabane? Well, plants like daisy fleabane and Queen Anne’s Lace provide the little sweat bees with an abundance of forage. This helps keep the number of sweat bees up and thus the sweat bees pollinate more of the food crops we rely on. So before you reach for a bottle of weed killer when you see those broadleaf plants in your yard or flick the little sweat bees from your arm think about how they are feeding us in return for just a little space in our lives.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.
We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.
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