As every gardener knows, the creepy crawlies and buzzing bees in the garden play a role in balancing the local environment.
But all too often, we are taught to control and eradicate these insects with pesticides and insecticides. Unfortunately, an important pollinator has been affected by the use of chemicals – the bee.
The Great Pollinator
Bees are attracted to any sweet-smelling flower – the more aromatic the flower, the more nectar for the honey bee to take back to the hive to make sweet honey! – but as they enter the flower, sticky pollen attaches itself to the furry black and yellow striped torso.
As the bee flies to another flower to collect more nectar, the pollen rubs off, pollinating the flower so that it can reproduce.
This happens hundreds of times a day in your garden alone – imagine the impact of the bee on food crops worldwide!
The population of all species of bee is under threat but as a gardener, you can help reverse this decline.
Although they can sting, the bee will only do so if seriously provoked so that means attracting them to your garden is not a hazard or a danger to you, your family or your pets.
Why not turn a small patch of your garden into a wildflower meadow? Bees love wildflowers, especially the tubular flowers of the foxglove and the daisy-like flowers of Helenium, along with sunflowers and more.
This infographic explains everything you need to know about the cute honey bee and the remarkable role it plays in your garden and the planet.
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Originally posted 2017-07-06 09:54:54.