Saturday, October 11, 2014

Solitary Bees

Live and learn. When I think about bees, which is seldom, I think of many bees buzzing around and making honey in honey combs. I think about trying not to get stung. I think about moving away from the creatures that seem to enjoy any sweet drink I am drinking. But I have never thought that there was such a thing as a loner bee.

At the Botanic Gardens I saw a hotel for solitary bees. A native pollen bee is also called a solitary bee. The bee does not live in a colony, but instead lives alone. The solitary bee comes in different sizes, colors and shapes. It is considered beneficial because they pollinate crops and plants.

Solitary Bee

"Never a drone, the bee lives alone.
Flitting from plant to plant more can be done,
possibly it can be more fun.
Traveling alone, not bothered by other bees,
there's no one around to tease.
Is it a selfish bee flying free,
pollinating more, happy to the core?
The tiny house is where the solitary bee 
wants to be,
with no need to report 
to a Queen bee.
To be alone, to take a rest,
for it knows it's done its very best.
 Yet, surrounded by others who have also flown
 is the bee really alone?

E. Moscoso
October 11, 2014

Somehow, the solitary bee reminded me of senior citizen housing where people live alone within their own apartment surrounded by other seniors.

As I read about the solitary bee I found out there are carpenter, sweat, mason, polyester, squash, dwarf, leaf cutter, alkali, and digger bees. I learned that in a colony, the Queen bee has to lay around 1500 eggs a day. The life of a bee, I am sure, would make interesting reading. There is a book called The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd but it is not about the life of bees but about bee keepers. There seems to be mysteries surrounding the bees in a colony like killing the Queen Bee and letting someone else take care of the foreign eggs. Seems like it could be another blog!

Picture taken from the Internet

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