The Sweet Life

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As I approach the cluster of Ribwort the tall seedheads sway without a breeze to drive them. As look over the patch I see a few more. They’re not quite as numerous as they once were but there’s more than last year. My heart smiles for the hope that the hive has grown.

Moving in a little closer I tried to pick just one of the honeybees to follow. She pays no attention to me as I get within range of the lens. She simply continues to collect the nectar and pollen. She’s very content with her life. I’ve come to the conclusion that most of nature lives in contentment because they get to live the life they were created for.

The honeybee is only concerned with what’s in season and which plant to visit. She knows that in spite of the humble appearance the of the Ribwort it’s a prolific pollen producer. I do have to wonder if the bee uses the pollen in a special way. The Ribwort is traditionally a medicinal herb. It’s so iconic that at one time it’s form was used symbol to identify apothecaries. I’m not really an expert on honeybees but I do know that they store special types of propolis with strong antimicrobial agents as well as the honey they’re known for. Perhaps the reason why she’s so content while visiting the Ribwort is because she’s found the compound in nature that will help her hive to rebuild and become strong once again.

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A Walk Up The Blacktop

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The warm breeze and bright sun pulls me back through the river of time to the days of innocence. In a simpler age when the road was paved with tar and on a hot day one might spin on a heel and leave a mark on the blacktop. The roads always seemed to be lined with daisies and in a few spots blackberries hung out over the berms. I remember walking over a mile or so to the general store with a little change. Along the way I would just reach out and pull a handful of berries off of the canes to enjoy as I walked. We’d buy a glass bottle of Mountain Dew that at the time still had a hillbilly on the logo. On the return trip there was the daisies. As we passed by insects of every kind hopped or flew to a better location. Butterflies were often so interested in flowers that they didn’t notice our approach until we were almost on top of them. Then with ease they would simply flip to a different bloom a little farther into weeds. We’d follow the clusters of daisies until we ran out of paved road. That’s how we knew that we’d made it home. Hone is always were the blacktop ends and the dirt road welcomes you back.

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The Graceful Visitor

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Delicate wings dance gracefully across the quiet country road on a warm breeze. She seems to hover for a moment over the hood of the big blue truck that’s stopped. I couldn’t help but think of her as a living smile happily seeking lives to touch. A messenger of God to bring good cheer at the end of the day. She sails down the sunbeams and comes to rest on the black-eyed Susan. She only hesitates there for a moment before finding the next soul to bless. A moment was all that was needed to be a source of peace and joy.

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Sunshine And Roses Part 2

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As the sun continues to beam down and warm the nectar excitement grows among the swarm. The collective hum of wings is loud enough to be heard from several feet away. As I watch the bees rise and fall throughout the roses it’s intriguing how they seem to have an awareness of where each other is without any air traffic controllers to guide them.

I’ve never been in the military myself but as a kid I was allowed to ride in a C-130 and I had a comment from a friend on Facebook that these carpenter bees were the C-130 of the insect world. If you’ve never been around when a C-130 lands it’s probably one of the noisiest experiences in life. They reverse engines like a ship and that really makes a racket.

Could it be that the noise of a Carpenter Bee’s wings is a navigational aid? A bees antenna contains something called a Johnston’s Organ. Basically it’s an ear that detects vibrations. It’s my understanding that bees don’t hear sounds as much as they feel them. So as other bees are buzzing around them the single bee knows exactly where everyone is even when they can’t see them. Don’t get me wrong, bees have excellent peripheral vision and evidence suggests that they have sharper vision than originally thought. But everyone has a blind spot and it seems that bees can actually fly in the direction where that blind spot should be.

I also need to correct an error that I made in part 1. Bumblebees and carpenter bees are not just two different species but two different genera of bees. Bumblebees live in a familial hive where at best Carpenter Bees form loose colonies at best. Bumblebees are more fury and carpenter bees have almost no hair on their abdomen.

When compared to honeybees an individual carpenter bee can pollinate somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 times more flowers. ( but I would point out that the larger hive numbers go to the honeybees and the hive ratios are problem going to go to the honeybees.)

Like most solitary bees the carpenter bees do not make honey. They do make bee bread which is pollen mixed with a small amount of nectar.

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Being solitary bees the carpenter bees do not have a “hive mind”. The concept of “good fences make good neighbors” is alive and well in the carpenter bee world. I witnessed several “duels” between the carpenter bees over marked territory. I’ve seen honeybees work the same flower together with no tension between them but not the solitary carpenter bees. If you watch close bees will groom a flower and then come back to it. When the do this not only do they leave pheromones on the flowers to claim them but in response the flowers sweeten the nectar to encourage them to return. By slipping in to claim a flower that’s already groomed one solitary bee is able to live off of the labor of another and thus conserve energy. However, these duels seemed to be little more than a wrestling match and the deadly stingers are withheld.

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Generally speaking it always seemed like the bee who was not the bee that groomed the flower gave up easily and the original bee won the right to forage that flower.

Lord willing, I’ll finish up the carpenter bees with part 3 in the next post.

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Sunshine And Roses Part 1

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The warm breeze lifts the sweet scent of wild roses and delivers the aroma throughout the forest edge. They come from the snags and barns as well as the old wooden fence. Though solitary bees the carpenter bees fill the air. In my mind’s eye I’m seeing a miniature version of WW2 newsreels with waves of heavy bombers on the move. But there’s no aggression among these flyers. In curious wonder a few bumblebees hover in front of the lens but shortly return to work.

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As a child I was terrified by the deep droning sounds of those wings. But as I forced myself to edge closer that fear faded and the large bees seemed to react differently to my presence. Today they almost ignore me.

I used to call all large bees like this bumblebees but a carpenter bee is a little larger and has no yellow markings on the abdomen. Because of their round shape I do the “Bubble-bee” is more fitting.

I probably spent about an hour watching them land and take off while they pollinated the wild roses. The very bees that used to send me running away have now become a source of peace and satisfaction in the warm sun.

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