Don’t Step On A Bee Day aims to raise awareness of the plight of bees. Numbers of bees have suffered a sharp decline in recent years. With this in mind we thought we would put together some interesting facts that you may not know about our stripy friends.
For example, did you know when you see a bee in the wild it’s almost always a female? This is because bees live in haploid colonies and most of the bees don’t breed but spend their time helping to raise their sisters. Male bees tend to stay in the hive and mate with the queen whilst the other female bees go out and about collecting the nectar and pollen from flowers.
A bee’s tongue is called a proboscis. Whilst in flight the proboscis is curled up but it unrolls when needed to reach the nectar stored in the bottom of the flower.
Plants that attract bees include:
- Vipers’ Bugloss
- Birdsfoot trefoil
- Wild marjoram
- Red clover
Any plant with a brightly coloured strong scent will attract bees.
When planting your flowers, be sure to use natural forms of slug pellets for they can be harmful to the wildlife, including Barn Owls. Click here to find for further advice on how to improve your garden for wildlife.