This was a Bumble Bee hovering around the wildflowers on Wendy’s Road. Lynda Knox is the observant one on our walks(later we go to Stitch and Bitch which habours true Artists, as well as craft..I have chosen to introduce some of their pieces, even though this does not pertain to BEES). I do not have the full extent of this fine workmanship..if you are interested in items e-mail me for Sue Mitchell’s work, as she sells it at the Roseau Lake Market.
An interesting sequence of events happened after my snapping this shot. I arrived back at the cottage and there was a Bumble Bee trapped in the livingroom, madly bussing about the picture window. I proceeded to get a mason jar and with fly swatter in hand manoeuvred this bumbling mass inside the container, removing it then to the outside deck where it hovered slightly and made a B-line for the bushes.
Then, that same day when I was walking across the bridge on Bowes Street, over the Sequin River, I passed boxes of petunias that the municipality of Parry Sound had placed on the railings, and as I was viewing the ART Graffiti on a tehsil bridge towards The Bay, a Bumble Bee appeared. (just to note that Crofter’s Jellies and Jams building is to your left, beside the car wash).
To add to this creative coincidence there was a poster advertisement for a talk about Bees at the Museum this June 12th, 2012 evening, in both Bearly Used Book Store and White Squall Store front windows.
Honey Bees are the most highly evolved of all social insects.
Each colony comprises a single egg-laying queen, many tens of thousands of workers and up to 1000 males or drones. The nest is a vertical array of double-sided wax combs divided into thousands of hexagonal cells.
The economic importance is major. The value of crops pollinated by honey bees alone far exceeds the value of the honey and, wax and products they provide.
Just out of interest: The life of Bees was a relatively recent novel, in which the author, Sue Monk Kidd’s historical 1964 Civil Rights’s Movement in the USA issues were dealt with, and her character’s setting was a Bee-Hive Farm. (The most recent book on civil rights from this time is The Help). Kidd explored the virtues of Bees, doing extensive research that covered folk-lore and symbols of ancient times. Evidently honey was used in embalming and was a symbol for the soul, death and rebirth; Greek Goddess Demeter, was referred to as the Queen Bee.
3 NB functions of honey: helps the immune system, re: dermatological issues, helps with skin integrity, & provides for a healthy form of energy.