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What I Love About Bumble Bees

Updated on July 4, 2011

Bumble Bees Are Great

Instead of doing a science lens I wanted to make this lens my fun impression of the bee. I was out in nature today and I love watching bees go in and out of flowers. I love watching their squidgy cute hairy behinds and fluffy bodies. I love the stripeyness of their silhouette and to be honest, I just love bees. So for the random pleasure of my love of the beautiful bee, I wrote this lens.

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It's All About The Bees Knees

While investigating about bees, I discovered some things I just didn't know about them. For some reason I thought it was mainly the male worker bees that collected the nectar for the hive but I soon discovered that I will never see the male bees. All the work is done by the females. I love seeing the bees with the pollen carefully packed around their cute little legs and it is good to know that they are females. They have hair on their legs that allows the pollen to pack there and to not come off when they visit other flowers. All of the other pollen that gathers on their torso's gets carried to other flowers for pollination.

The reason the pollen sticks to bees in general is that the pollen is sticky and the bees furry cuteness creates an electrostatic charge which attracts the pollen to their bodies.

What really makes me beam from ear to ear is when I see a heavy laden bee thickly covered in pollen; when you can hardly see her legs for the pollen she is carrying. I love that she is doing a job for the hive and the Queen and she is a proper little worker bee. I love watching when they get so heavy they fall about in a drunken manner getting high off the sweet scented pollen they carry. Bees are just the real treasures of this planet. I love bees.

Also the bees eat the pollen and nectar and it's a wonderful energy source for their busy lives. As bees only live around 6 weeks and they are constantly protecting the hive, caring for the new larvae and collecting pollen and nectar, no wonder they need such a carbohydrate and protein rich source of food.

So the bees knees are indeed a rich support for this planet (grin).

Bees Like Love - Fresh From The Hive

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yellowblackbumblebee

Did you know that bees like love? If you share love with a bee hive they will stay around for longer. I saw this on the movie 'The Secret Life Of Bees' (great movie by the way).

"I hadn't been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called 'bee yard etiquette'. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don't swat. Don't even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved."

Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life Of Bees).

Inside The Hive - Waggle Dance

And How Do Bees Help Flowers & This Planet?

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Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org

The plants simply need the bees to carry the pollen between flowers so they can reproduce. Bees aid pollination and without flowers and plants this planet would be in a very sorry state.

Social Companionship & The Bee

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beeshive

"Honeybees depend not only on physical contact with the colony, but also require its social companionship and support. Isolate a honeybee from her sisters and she will soon die."

- Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

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Bees Go Crazy On Bananas & Have Mood Swings With Weather Changes

Okay, so this is pretty surreal and I am more than pleased to discover my intuition is working. Today while in nature I felt this irritation in me and got up to walk home (I had been lying on some grass by the river in the sun). I decided to go to a bush where a lot of bees gather pollen as bees soothe me when I watch them. To my amazement I felt my irritation increase. I watched them and actually felt that they were irritated. So I came home after getting caught in a downpour of rain during a thunderstorm and discovered online that bees can become irritated or more aggressive during stormy weather or when it is a cloudy day. Apparently for bee keeping it is best to tend to the hives on a sunny day if possible.

I later discovered bees actually go crazy on bananas. So don't eat bananas if you are handling bees and for me I am thinking don't eat bananas before going into nature and certainly don't take bananas out for my lunch. ALL these interesting titbits I am learning here.

The Secret Life Of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd

A movie with a whole lot of heart.

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Secret Life Of Bees, The

The Secret Life Of Bees has an amazing all star cast of women, including Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning. This movie, based on the bestselling book of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd, tells the heart-warming story of a young girl who finds love, appreciation and acceptance through a trio of wonderful sisters. Queen Latifah plays the loving role of a bee keeper. The sisters produce the area's famous Black Madonna's honey. Dakota, who plays the young girl in search of her roots and understanding of why her mother left her, takes a journey of healing and understanding. She becomes involved in the practices of bee keeping and learns a little about life in the process.

It is set in South Carolina when the civil rights of black women, men and children was not a given and the movie portrays these injustices with powerful performances which ultimately bring hope.

 

The Secret Life Of Bees Movie Trailer

Here Come The Girls! - So it's the girls that do all the work? Is that right?

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Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org

So in my quest to understand and know bees, I discovered to my surprise that it is not the males that do the work of collecting or tending to the young larvae or protecting the hive, it is the girls! Go the girls!

The males which are called drones live around 90 days, they cannot sting, they hang around the hive waiting to mate with a young virgin queen and if they haven't left the hive before winter kicks in, they get kicked out of the hive. They do nothing but hang around waiting to procreate. Hmmmm...

The ladies on the otherhand have a number of duties from birth. Apart from the overall Queen of the Hive the other females take the roles of :

Cleaner: in the first couple of days they are alive, where they clean up the cells they were born in and the other cells.

Nurse : after this they feed the larvae.

Housekeeper: They then build the wax for the hive, build the comb and move food around the hive. They also take care of the Queen.

The Older Girls act as duty guards, protecting the hive.

And in the last 15 or so days of these older ladies' lives, they leave the hive to forage for food, gather pollen, nectar and water for the hive.

These amazing worker bees work themselves to death for the sake of the community.

Now that's job commitment.

Thank you lovely lady bees.

BeeKeeping Support & Products

For those of you that would like to connect with these amazing creatures and perhaps have your own fresh honey supply the links below may be of assistance.

So What's The Difference Between Bumble Bees & Honey Bees? - A Question From A Fellow Squid Gave Me Food For Thought

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Honey Bee By WWARBY flickr

So in writing this lens I got so excited about my love for the bumble bee and more so bees in general that I left out certain things I had not even considered and so it was great when a fellow squid asked me the above question. And being of an enquiring mind, I wanted to know more. So lets take a look at the bumble bee and the honey bee and discover the differences.

So What's The Difference Between The Bumble Bee & The Honey Bee

Well firstly, the bumble bee tends to be a brighter, bigger and fluffier (hairier) bee.

Even though bumble bees don't create honey in the same way as honey bees (they create less) the flowers really need the bumble bee. Like other bees they pollinate flowers and they live close to the ground - not in hives like honey bees. The colony of a bumble bee tends to be smaller than that of a honey bee also. And bumble bees move homes each spring (or rather the queen does as she is the only member to survive the winter).

Bumble bees have a fuzzy furry abdomen and the honey bee has a shiny abdomen (honey bee photo above). Bumble bees tend to be cultivated for agricultural purpose as they are good pollinators whereas the name suggests, the Honey Bees are kept to create honey.

Bumble bees can sting more than once but tend to steer clear of humans unless threatened. Bumble bees are gentle and slow. If they do sting they can remove their stingers and continue on. Honey Bees unfortunately are not able to remove their sting and so die after stinging (oh dear!).

Due to the extra fluffyness of the Bumble bee, Bumble bees can fly during cooler weather and the extra fluff keeps them warmer as bees do need warmth to heat up their wings to make it easier to fly.

I once found a bumble bee in a woodland area on a flower. She did not seem very coherent, she looked drunk, falling all over, unable to fly properly. She kept falling off the flower. I was a bit concerned about her so I blew on her a few times. After a while she got up and flew on. I since discovered that they will fly on, those that may be a bit slow have just got caught out perhaps in cold weather and need some warmth to get their wings going. So either my breath got her moving or the sun coming out, who knows?!

The Miracle Of The Bumble Bee - How On Earth Do They Fly? What about the 'Humble'?

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Bumble Bee Flight

On my exploration of the beautiful bumble bee I discovered the bumble bee used to be called the 'Humble Bee'. Apparently it came from scientists and possibly Darwin but later became the bumble bee when storytellers like Beatrix Potter named a character in her book 'Tale Of Mrs Tittlemouse' a troublemaker called 'Babbitty Bumble'.

Some authors say it was given the derogatory name Bumble because of its miraculous flight and oversized body, and how it looks as it bumbles from flower to flower because of this. However, I just love the word bumble, no matter why it was called this. Bumble is just cute, like bumbling along in life and there is nothing wrong with bumbling.

What many people are amazed at with the magical Bumble Bee is the very fact that they can fly. It seems scientifically impossible for them to fly and yet fly they do. The mistake was made was by aeronautical engineers when they calculated that the lift from the bumble bees wings was less than the bee's weight . But what really happens is the bees wings create down strokes creating spinning vortices above the wing. This gives the bee more lift than they first thought.

So it's not so much a miracle but brilliant biological engineering!

My Joyous Response To This Lens Being Made' Lens Of The Day'!

Sometimes joy just has to be shared!

Do You Like My Lens? - Do you like bees as much as me and what about honey? yum!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i LOVE all bees, especially the cute fuzzy bumble bees! thank you for this lens

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Very nice. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses-2. Hugs

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      nicole-young 5 years ago

      I love bumblebees!! Thanks for sharing this information. Great lens : )

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      I love your lens. Bees are so incredible at soooooo many levels.

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      printabledolls 5 years ago

      I drawn bumble bees..so I love your lens

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      If by nature's kind decree

      I were to be a bumble bee...

      A lens very well designed and presented.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Return Visitor. Another GREAT Lens.

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens - makes me appreciate bees even more. Thank you.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Awesome creatures! I love bees and honey - so long as they don't sting me. :)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      Thanks all for your comments really appreciate you dropping by and supporting the bees.

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      seanjennin 6 years ago

      great lense, thanks and keep up the great work...

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @vauldine: hehe thanks for popping by xx

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      DebinSC 6 years ago

      What a great lens! I too love bees (even though I'm allergic to their sting), and I never knew that only the girls do the work! Typical. :) This was fun.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      This is so cute. Bunble Bees has lovers.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @DebinSC: Great to see another bee lover even though you are allergic. Hugs x

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @LabKittyDesign: LOL indeed!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @PropheticBlogge1: A phobia on honeycomb and hexagonals, interesting, that's a new phobia on me. Hope it helps you gf. Thanks for dropping by.

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      Holy Cow! So much bee goodness!

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      PropheticBlogge1 6 years ago

      What an fun and interesting lens. I learnt loads about the bee that Im going to tell my gf about. She doesn't like bees because she has a phobia on honeycomb and hexagonals!! Weird but true!! Anyway great lens.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @TopTenLists: Thank you, always glad to bring a smile to a face :-)

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      Love this lens! It brought a real smile to my face

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      Just to add, MORE added to my bee lens a couple of extra titbits for those knowledge seeking explorers like me! enjoy!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @anonymous: thanks so much for popping by xxxxxxxx

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations (belated) on your Lens of the Day!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @wilddove6: Thank you I had fun writing it! bees rock!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      My husband used to keep bees until the neighbors made us move them. He found it very calming. Your title says this is about bumblebees, but I'd always thought they were more solitary and lived in holes in the ground rather than hives like honeybees. I didn't stop to check this impression before commenting, but perhaps you can tell me if I'm wrong. Did everything in your lens apply to bumble bees as well as honeybees?

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      wilddove6 6 years ago

      What a great lens! The photos are spectacular! I love bees!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @BarbRad: Hi there, my lens is about how much I love bumblebees but also an overview about bees in general. The title was my loveable fun way of expressing my feelings when I wrote the lens. I have more to add on the differences between bumbles bees and honey bees in the future but I am currently awaiting my lens to be opened to republish at present. As far as I can see bumble bees do tend to live in small holes more nearer the ground. It must be amazing to have such experience with bees, if you ever write a lens on your experiences please let me know I can add it to my featured lenses on this lens. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you, really appreciate you dropping by and welcoming me to squidoo :-)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @avorodisa lm: Totally, knowledge is key and bees only sting when they feel threatened in some way. A little love goes a long way.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @aesta1: Indeed, so many aspects of nature we can learn from :-)

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I love your lens - particularly the photos! Nice job on this lens. Welcome to Squidoo.

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      avorodisa lm 6 years ago

      Normally, bees scare us away, because they sting! But your approach makes it different. When you know more about what scares you, you feel safer:)

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting info on bees...we often take for granted these creatures and thus fail to learn from them.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Bellezza-Decor: Hi Mia, me too (save them when they get indoors) I tend to talk them out. Great you have outdoor shelters. Thanks for visiting :-)

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      I love them ... save them when they accidentally get in the house and try to provide safe outdoor shelters.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @JackalyeYe: So glad you liked, thanks for reading.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @AdriennePetersen: Really appreciating your comment xxxx thanks xxxx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @anonymous: Thank you xxx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @GirlLovesNature1: Oh that sounds wonderful. Feel free to make a lens on bees I would love to read it and put it in my featured lenses. The more the merrier and the more people know the better I feel. Look forward to seeing all your photos xxxx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @RawBill1: Thank you. Great to have so many bee fans on squidoo :-) yes, changes need to take place and if we all become bee guardians who knows what could happen.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Virginia Allain: Oh thanks so much for letting me know, I did not see the sub category originally, I have changed it now. Thanks again xxx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @newbizmau: Thank you so much, really glad to have you pop by.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @anonymous: Hahah! that is too funny, to top this off I went shopping today and was walking back some women and one of the women said "I should be a bumblebee" NOW if that's not a message from the universe I don't know what is lol! glad to support your lens. xx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @gabrielangel: Thank you, I guess anything in swarms is just something to become aware of and extra sensitive to.

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      I like bee. Thank you for sharing such interesting information.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @SofiaMann: Really appreciate your comments xx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @libysquid lm: thank you glad you liked :-)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @CruiseReady: LOL! yes indeed. Thanks for commenting.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @BunnyFabulous: Thanks, that is so cool, hope you get to connect with them further.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @ZenandChic: Thank you xx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Steve Dizmon: Your welcome and thanks for your comments :-)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @quicpost: Thanks for dropping by. Yes I find it fascinating, I discovered just today that some bees are solitary so this is so interesting to me.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Cookii_queen: Thanks Cookii_queen, much appreciated!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @EpicFarms: Thank you, honey is so wonderful for ones health :-)

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      I like bees. Congrats on LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens on bumble bees, well deserved LOTD.

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      GirlLovesNature1 6 years ago

      I love bumblebees too. There's several beehives near where I live and I love going out and taking pictures of the bees buzzing around the flowers. Maybe I could make a lens with some of those photos? Wouldn't want to tread on your toes though. This is an awesome lens.

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Great stuff. I am a big fan of bees too, so anyone speaking out in favour of bees is a friend of mine. :-) Without bees we would have a severe food shortage and quite frighteningly this could soon be a reality as there are bee shortages in the world today. Very scary stuff! Go Bees!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Well done! I'm the Angel for Insect lenses on Squidoo, and I think you should list this in the subtopic of insects - bees. Blessed!

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      Maurice Glaude 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Congrats on LOTD and very interesting read.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've smiled when I've thought of this lens today and your tips for happy bees, guess we could call you the "bee whisperer"! Thank you so very much for featuring my lens. xxxxx...back at you...

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      gabrielangel 6 years ago

      Congrats. Bees are great in small numbers, but in large groups it's time to look out. Luckily I'm not allergic.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      libysquid lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day......lovely lens.....

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Boy, I am thinking I would not like the life of a honeybee so much. The women work themselves to death and the men just hang out being basically useless, and waiting for a ... well, you knot.

      Nice job, and congrats on your LOTD!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      These are cool pictures of bees!

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Congrats on LOTD! I like your take on bumblebees. Very well presented. We've got a couple of friends who are starting to keep bees, so it's fun to learn a bit more about these fuzzy, buzzy little insects.

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Fun facts and deserving of "Lens of the Day". Congratulations and thanks for the read.

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Bees scare me a lot! I like carpenter bees-those big black creatures that are mostly solitary and don't harm humans at all though they are so huge. We had a little nest on our lanai and got educated about them hurridly! They don't pose any hazards at all unlike other bees. Some are killer bees and these killer bees are smaller than honey bees and aggressive to kill anyone or anything that approaches them.

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      Cookii_queen 6 years ago

      Congratulations on Lense of day. I really enjoyed reading, and Im a fan of bees myself! Keep up the wonderful work

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @dfishbac: thank you, I really appreciate that xxx

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      Terrific lens - congratulations on LOTD! I enjoyed learned some great new things about bees (the he's and the she's ;o) I have some local honey in my green tea every morning to help with allergies (yummy). Nicely done!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @GonnaFly: Thank you, honey is the food of love. xx

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      dfishbac 6 years ago

      @KellyMartinSpeaks: Such fun and you are getting such a great response. You probably don't need it but I twitted your lens anyway.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Yep. Love honey. We once had a hive of bees (not bumble bees) take up temporary residence on a bush in our backyard for a few days. But then they moved on... Congrats on LOTD!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Ruthi: Thanks Ruthi, much appreciated.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @cdcraftee: Oh wow, thanks Christine, it must be amazing to hear them hum. I read a book once that if we give a portion of land to nature they will leave those areas we don't want to be disturbed alone, we simply need to talk to them at a thought level and let them know. I love that they do not harm you or your animals. They are probably really pleased to be supported by you. xx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Steve-SEO-UK: Thanks Steve, I love so many people are learning to create garden spaces for nature now. When I get my own garden some day I will keep a portion of it totally wild and do all I can to encourage bees and birds into my garden.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Steve-SEO-UK: Thanks Steve, I love so many people are learning to create garden spaces for nature now. When I get my own garden some day I will keep a portion of it totally wild and do all I can to encourage bees and birds into my garden.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @javr: This is so great to hear, really pleased you are helping them out. Thank you on behalf of the bees! :-)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @djroll: Your welcome, thanks for dropping by. xx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @nightbear lm: Thanks heaps, glad you liked xxx

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @CureRLS: Thank you!This is great, glad to be a bee guardian loving those bees.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @JennySui: Much appreciated, thanking you!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @surfsusan: Thanks Susan, loving sharing!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @slippknot12: Thank you, honey is just the bee knees! (oops already said that lol!)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @sujaysen: Thank you I appreciate your feedback.

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @Violin-Student: Hi Art, exactly, with this lens I hoped to just bring a little humour, a lot of love and some general knowledge for people who may know little about bees, along with I gained a lot and learned a lot (and I still am) in the process. Many Blessings to you x

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      @anonymous: thank you xx

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Fabulous fun facts and thoughts about bees! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      Lovely story Kelly, and gorgeous photos. We have had a 'family' of bees living in our blocked off Lounge chimney for quite a few years now, and I never knew about the love bit...but now I understand, because we really like them being there, and I often talk to them (from even further 'downunder' than I am in the SE of South Australia)...and they never harm us or our animals. Ours are not bumble bees...now I want to find out what exactly they are. Thank you - for your lens - and fascinating information - AND igniting the need to know something else!

      Christine

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      Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

      I remember watching a TV program where they asking home owners, especially in built up areas to grow flowers to help grow the numbers of bumble bees. Do like watching them go from flower to flower collecting nectar. Great Lens which well deserves LOTD and given thumbs up.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Bees are vital. I do all I can to help them out.

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      djroll 6 years ago

      Such an enjoyable lense. I like watching bees too and now I will enjoy it that much more. Congrats on your LOTD! Well deserved.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      What a great lens, wonderful facts that were so interesting and educational about Bees and such beautiful photos. Congratulations on LOTD and your purple star. Blessed!

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      CureRLS 6 years ago

      This was fun to read. I too love bees. You did a great job bringing to light some great things about them. Thanks and congrats on LotD.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      surfsusan 6 years ago

      it is a lovely lens and congrats on LOD. new info for me here :)