I was helping my daughter look up information tonight and came across this trivia. I thought it was pretty neat. Thought some of you might like it too. http://www.umt.edu/biology/bees/trivia.htm
"Number of bees equal to the weight of one M&M's plain chocolate candy"
Hah! I better go tell my DD the answer to that one! :>)
Wow! That was very interesting, thanks for posting it. I just emailed the link to my kids.
This post's going in the opposite direction, but it's still beezzzz. I have a neighbor with a life-threatening allergy to bee stings. Does anyone know of flowers that are not too attractive to bees? She's gotta have flowers. Annual ones. Low growing, but she's flexible there.
I understand bees especially like blue (I confess that I'm postponing reading above mesmerizing hyperlink -- don't have time right now to get THAT mesmerized). And didn't bee gardens feature flowers in the mint group like sage?
I would appreciate any help,especially since I'm the one that got her outside gardening again. She mainly gardens very early or late in the day to avoid times when beez are buziest. Thanks everyone.
bumping this one up
Eventually, I did read Mystic's above link on bees and loved it, but now the link is broken. Sooo - for novices to computers and bees, as I once was, here's how to find links like Mystic's again:
In your address bar on any webpage, type www.google.com and click on that.
Next, in google's search box, type:
bees + trivia
and hit Enter
All kinds of goodies will come up, but this time, I especially loved:
That's a fun page, but then click on Links, for a library of valuable knowledge, and more fun like seeing the world through a bee's eyes, etc.
I never did find a list of flowers that were least likely to attract bees for my allergic friend. Once, we had a neighbor next door who shared his phone number, as we all did with each other at that time (even though not all of us were free to use listed phone numbers), and he was the one who was home and answered the phone the time she was stung and almost died. He saved her life. Yes, it's essential to keep Benadryl and an epi pen on hand if you have a bee allergy, but when you're going into shock, a helping hand can make all the difference.
ps - I hope admin will allow this thread to stay in this forum, and am cross-posting its link over to the Bee Forum, so admin hopefully will let it stay here -
edited to add link
This message was edited Jun 17, 2009 8:21 AM