Honey Bee


Honey Bee on Burdock

We have a lot of pollinators in our valley and mountain pastures. I’ve read about the problem bees have been having but we don’t seem to be having that locally.
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Part of this might be because we have about 70 acres of pastures in which I’ve planted a lot of wild flowers.

Part may be because I don’t allow the power company to use herbicides, pesticides or fungicides on the power line areas and we don’t use those either.

Part might be that we are a fairly isolated valley away from plantings of GMOs and with few human activities.

What ever the case, I enjoy seeing all the pollinators from flies to bees to butter flies to birds.

The one pollinator I have not seen at all this year is the Monarch Butterflies. Hope and I recently watched a documentary on DVD about them and it appears that the problem there is that their migration cycle involves multiple generations and is possibly being broken in two places, down in Central America with the cutting of the rain forests they winter in and in the mid-west USA with the planting of GMOs and pesticide use. A double whammy that they can’t cope with.

Outdoors: 57°F/34°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/60°F

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4 Responses to Honey Bee

  1. Servius says:

    I saw a Monarch yesterday outside my office window here 3 stories up in suburban Minneapolis.

    I see them from time to time. Not as many as when I was a kid.

  2. Louis Reale says:

    Walter, do you raise honeybees? Not that you have tons of free time for extra hobbies, but raising them is not an entirely time-consuming activity, and there are a significant number of benefits (honey, of course, but also pollination, and the opportunity to obtain numerous other bee goods like pollen, beeswax for candles, hand cream, lip balm etc.). Not to mention the intrinsic joy of simply watching the bees sometimes.

    • I did for about 25 years – loved it. My grandfather helped me build my own hives when I was ten years old. When the mite thing got bad I took a break but we hope to do bees again. Right now I have an apiary to our south and two to our north that are pollenating our fields, gardens and orchards very nicely and I get honey from them so my drive to do it is not high – just something I would enjoy again. As my bees once told me, it is important to stop to smell the roses before the flowers wither.

  3. Nance says:

    I want to keep bees. Iowa has a great “Extension Service” from the State’s university. I will need to call them Monday and get going on this.

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