Admiration – Weekly photo challenge

Any of you that regularly read either of my blogs will probably guess where I am going to go with this week’s photo challenge – admiration.

If there is one thing that I admire it is bees. Who could not respect these amazing creatures! Engineers says they shouldn’t be able to fly because their wings are too small – but someone forgot to tell the bees! Despite being so small they have amazing navigation abilities that we don’t even understand. Dave Goulson a distinguished bee biologist took bumbles several kilometers away from their nests and they still found their way back!

Without bees we would have no apples or strawberries, no broccoli or potatoes, no Brazil nuts or coffee. And there are many more crops that they pollinate. Yet many of our bees are in decline worldwide. More than half of Ireland’s bee species have undergone substantial declines in their numbers since 1980.

Some of these photos you may have seen before.

For more information about bees check out:

Irish Biodiversity Centre Pollinator Initiative

I also contribute to a friend’s blog at Wild Pollinator Gardens

In the UK’s Bumblebee Conservaion Trust

And in the USA, the Xerces Society

 

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