Did you know:
- Bees and flowers appeared at about the same time: 146 to 74 million years ago.
- Bee food is pollen and nectar from flowers.
- Flowering plants that provide fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables depend upon bees and cannot grow without them.
- “bees and their place in our world is vitally important- beyond our understanding” from a source entitled CC Pollen.
This spring when the flowers started blooming everywhere I noticed the absence of bees. Their appearance with the flowers every year was a welcome sight and sound-their busy buzzing filling the air alongside the fragrance and color of the blossoms. They, thankfully, have since started re-appearing, but not in the numbers I remember as recent as last summer.
We as a species depend heavily on their contribution to our continued supply of food-from the obvious delight of honey for tea to the very concrete pollination (and cross pollination) of flowers. But we aren’t the only ones. Here is a list of animals that depend entirely upon flowering plants: antelope, bison, bongo, bushback, capybara, camel, cow, deer elephant, fruit bat, giant panda bear, giraffe, goat, gorilla, hippopotamus, horse, howler monkey, iguana, kangaroo, koala, manatee, okapi, rabbit, reindeer, rhinoceros, sheep, tapir, and zebra…and there must be more. The question is worldwide: what is the cause for the depletion of bee populations? And most importantly, how can we return to a way of life that recognizes, honors and supports these tiny creatures upon which our very existence might depend?
Below are some resources and information. As city dwellers, what might be of special interest is the growing numbers of city bee keepers. What better way to educate our children on a vitally important subject? From flower pollination to the most fascinating dance language of bees- a deep appreciation needs to be ever present and voiced. As we learn, we become informed. As we become informed we become wise. As we become wise we give thanks. As we join together we give thanks to the bees.