Thick, hairy bumblebee and thousand dandelions

Thick, hairy bumblebee buzzing around in a dandelion field. I assume it is the Queen! She is busy and has very important task to do: give birth to a new bumblebee society.

Near our cottage is a country house with an apple tree garden. In spring thousands of dandelions are growing under the trees and usually also bumblebees are found there. I shot these photos this spring in a very warm and sunny day.

Bumlebee society

First bumblebees met in the spring are all queens and they must not be killed! Otherwise there is no new bumblebees born to pollinate plants. In May-June first generation of workers hatch, and the Queen can focus on growing her society.

Bumblebee in a dandelion, Lohja Finland 22.5.2020
Bumblebee Lohja Finland 22.5.2020 (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/9, 1/160 sec)

When there are a lot of bumblebees, people have nothing to worry about

It is said that people run out of food if the natural pollinators disappear. That is one of the threats besides the weakening efficacy of antibiotics and cutting off the electricity by a heavy solar storm.

Insects react quickly to changes in the state of the environment but people are extremely poor at seeing, experiencing, noticing such slow changes. I hope that there are needed actions taken before it is too late.

A significant portion of our food rests on the natural pollination services. If the pollination does not work and it has to be organized other way, we are in a big trouble. The decline in the number of natural pollinators is also a monetary issue, at European level annual benefits are billions of euros.

Bumblebee in a dandelion, Lohja Finland 22.5.2020
Bumblebee Lohja Finland 22.5.2020 (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/9, 1/200sec)

When there are a lot of bumblebees, when there are a lot of butterflies, then people have nothing to worry about.

Bumblebee in a dandelion, Lohja Finland 22.5.2020
Bumblebee Lohja Finland 22.5.2020 (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/9, 1/250sec)

It is really sad that the amount of insects in general is decreasing all over our planet. I am avoiding herbicides in my garden and planting flowers that insects love. At the moment I am building an insect hotel to help insects.

7 replies to “Thick, hairy bumblebee and thousand dandelions

    1. Hi MagickMermaid, thank you for your comment. Yes, you are right. Bee populations are declining and that is not good! Nice to hear that you have bumblebees in your garden, hopefully they will stay! Have a nice Sunday 😊

      Liked by 1 person

Please comment here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this:
close-alt close collapse comment ellipsis expand gallery heart lock menu next pinned previous reply search share star