I’m sure we’ve all seen the meme’s floating around facebook (if you haven’t, I’ll drop a few below), but bees are actually dying at an alarming rate. Sure, they’re little nasty suckers that hurt like hell when they sting, but they’re a pretty important little species. Bees are having a pretty hard time right now, and according to Tim Mcdonnell from Mother Jones, they’ve been dying off at about 30% per year. Now I don’t know about you, but that seems like a lot to me. According to Jeremy Kerr (he’s a scientist don’t worry, he knows his stuff, he’s legit), the bees are in serious risk from human caused climate change. I feel like I’m writing an essay, don’t want to put this through turnitin.
If that’s not enough information for you to bee (pun-intended) interested in bees, well don’t stop reading just yet! I’ve found a website called ‘bees4kids’ (articles intended for children are always helpful), that has super interesting facts regarding bees! Did you know that bees are the only insect that produce food that humans can eat! That’s us! Life changing. Did you know that eating honey can make you smarter! Not too sure how, but clearly I didn’t eat enough honey as a child. Did you know that bees have been around for 30 million years! That’s a long time, and clearly we have something to do with the fact that they are dying at an alarming rate because if they haven’t been dying at an alarming rate in over 30 million years why would they start now for no reason?
Well just in case you got a little sad because bees are dying at an alarming rate, well no need! Here are a few little tips and tricks I found on the internet that can help out to populate the little bees.
There are a bunch of flowers that you can plant in your garden that will attract bees and improve their quality of life. Apparently bees prefer blue, purple or yellow flowers (picky), but below is a list of flowers that you can grow in your garden that will not only make people think that you’re really cool because you can grow flowers without killing them, but will help the bees be more happy!
- Not only does it smell good, look good and apparently help you sleep better at night if you have some in your room, but the bees like it! I told my mum this and she put some lavender in the garden for me so I can help the bees. What a gem she is.
- Now, if you don’t have the thyme (pun intended) to look after a garden, thyme needs very little care despite some water and pruning and you can use it in your food! What a good investment.
- Not really sure how to pronounce it, it’s a weird plant, but the bees like it so chuck some in your garden and you’ll be sure you’re gano have some bees in your garden in no time!
- What a stunning little plant, they’re super pretty in the garden and will make people think you’re a super happy person because they definitely give off that vibe. The bees love sun flowers.
Anyway, there are just a few ways we can help the bees. But if this isn’t convincing enough, go watch the bee movie.
Author – Chloe Ritchie
(p.s. sorry for my bad puns)