- 07 Nov 2006
Hello Henry, welcome to the forum.
At first. Reading your post. I was wondering what had gone wrong, all the micosoft jargon.
The wilds bees. Might I say. I have always admired these little beauties. Bye the bye. You are aware of course, that it is an offence to deliberatly kill or destroy bees. 'But then, Who in their right mind would want to harm them. As suggested. The frantic efforts of this little character to cool the interior of the nest. That is quite true.
I understand that the honey bee, as kept in hives. I believe the average life-span is forty two days. All the bees, and in fact the insects in general, are so valuable to mankind. Not just to gardeners, but to farmers etc. I really did feel good the other day. I found a bumble bee, about the size of ones thumb. He'd fallen victim to a spider's web on the greenhouse roof. Gently I spent what must have been a good fifteen minutes. Gentlt holding this little chap, between finger and thumb and carefully teasing the web threads away from his body. Having completed my task. My tiny friend stood there fo a while, checking himself over. Several vibrations of it's wings, as though saying. Thank you. Then off it went. Next time you are in the garden, and our tiny aeronautical friends ar buzzing around. Try and concentrate on them. They are not all the same species, and they each have their own sound effects.