Bumblebee on Orange Sunflower

Sunflower Bee Bed

This bumblebee slept on the sunflower over night. The morning sun finally hit it and I watched the fuzzy insect warm, twitch and wake. Eventually it took off, likely back to its nest. I don’t know if this is a solitary type of bumblebee or not.

I planted the sunflowers all around our cottage so they would grow up and shade our windows during the heat of the summer days. The brow ridges, the overhangs, of our window frames cut the high sun so only a little gets in during the summer. The sunflowers filter the rest.

Outdoors: 52°F/39°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/67°F

Daily Spark: Don’t make other people’s mistakes. -WJ

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5 Responses to Bumblebee on Orange Sunflower

  1. mellifera says:

    Ha! I totally tried that this year. Glad it worked for you guys! Our situation turned out not to be as in favor of sunflowers-as-cooling as we’d thought.

    (We have a brick apartment built in the 1940s, in Florida, with very little insulation. Unsurprisingly, we have to run the A/C full blast most of the summer or it gets awful pretty quick! We have a big giant live oak tree and a little bit of an eave overhanging, but enough light seemed to get through to cause solar heating.

    Alas, the sunflowers showed us that there was not nearly as much sun coming through as we thought– despite heavy composting they never became much more than stringy stretchy hip-high waifs. Turns out all that heat coming in was in fact not solar heating… it’s really just that hot down here in FL.)

  2. mellifera says:

    Right, and as for the bumblebee– there are some flowers where tempting bugs to sleep on them is a significant part of their pollination strategy. Cool, huh? So it was not just happenstance that the bee should be there– some flowers even fold up and/or produce a little heat at night so as to make better bug hotels.

    • Cool on the bug hotel! I hadn’t realized the flower had a strategy.

      On the thing sunflowers, I think they were too dry. Some of ours were dry and they grew thin. Others near them that were full moisture were nice and thick. The separation was the planters so the difference in soil moisture ended up being large.

  3. tapper of spines says:

    Hey there Walter,

    I’ve just finished reading your blog from beginning to end. My thanks for taking the time to write it; it’s been fun following your adventure. I hope to move to the country and take up homesteading one day, as soon as life allows. Your blog has been very educational.

    Having read through your posts, I have some questions, if you have the time. Feel free to turn them into posts, if you so wish.

    Once again, my thanks,

    • Hi Tapper, Glad you’ve been enjoying all the posts. That was a long list of questions you had. Most of your questions are answered in past posts. Look in the right column for the tag cloud and the search box which will help you find the posts related to these topics. There are some which I have as future article topics so keep reading and you’ll see them pop up. I’ll keep your long list on hand for ideas for any I am not already planning to cover. Some quick answers to some of the things you asked about: We got rid of the guineas because they were too loud. We bank the whey tanks with snow to insulate them. The whey does not tend to freeze as it gets used regularly. I selected Blackie as the best performer from a group of piglets we got years ago. As always, breed the best of the best and eat the rest. We do main shoppings widely spaced but Holly picks up milk at the local small general store down in the valley each week as she has to go out on route to deliver. See the post about a week of food. Best of luck on getting out to the country and homesteading someday. Cheers, -Walter

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