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Bee Day

"A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly."

~ Traditional 17th century

This bee's-eye view of a flower tartan is sure to catch the attention of wandering honey bees, bumble bees, and beekeepers alike! Long ago, beekeepers noticed that the earlier in the year bees swarmed, especially in May, the better it was for collecting pollen and nectar, resulting in better crops. If you decide to try beekeeping, Celtic folklore suggests never buying bees with regular money, only with gold coins! Ideally, it's best to barter or receive them as a gift, so no money changes hands and you avoid offending the bees. Even if you don't keep bees, you can still plant a bee garden to attract these essential pollinators. Bees love flowers like Crocus, Hyacinth, Borage, Calendula, and Wild Lilac in spring; Bee Balm, Cosmos, Echinacea, Snapdragons, Foxglove, and Hosta in summer; and Zinnias, Sedum, Asters, Witch Hazel, and Goldenrod in fall. While humans can see more colors, bees have a broader range of color vision, thanks to their ability to see ultraviolet light, which helps them find nectar. Some flowers, like sunflowers, primroses, and pansies, have nectar guides visible only in ultraviolet light. Buzz buzz! 💛 💗 🖤 💚 🌸 🐝 🍯

World Bee Day is celebrated on the day Anton Janša, a pioneer of modern apiculture, was born in 1734.  He is noted for his expertise, lectures, and books on the field of beekeeping as well as changing the size and shape of hives to a form where they can be stacked together like blocks. 


The purpose of this international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem.


A cousin to the honey bee, the bumblebee, also written as bumble bee, is a member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, is inspired by a bumble bee collecting pollen from pink flowers.

The word "bumblebee" is a compound word of "bumble" + "bee" — "bumble" meaning to hum, buzz, drone, or move ineptly or flounderingly.  

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term "bumblebee" was first recorded as having been used  in the 1530 work Lesclarcissement by John Palsgrave, "I bomme, as a bombyll bee dothe."  However, it also states that the term "humblebee" predates it, having first been used in 1450 in Fysshynge wyth Angle, "In Juyll the greshop & the humbylbee in the medow."

The latter term was used in A Midsummer Night's Dream (circa 1600) by William Shakespeare, "The honie-bags steale from the humble Bees."  An old provincial name, "dumbledor", also denoted a buzzing insect such as a bumblebee or cockchafer, "dumble" probably imitating the sound of these insects, while "dor" meant "beetle".


Bumblebees are social insects which form colonies with a single queen. Colonies are smaller than those of honeybees, sometimes as few as 50 individuals in a nest.  Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans and other animals.

Like honeybees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather nectar to add to the stores in the nest, and pollen to feed their young. They forage using colour and spatial relationships to identify flowers to feed from. Some bumblebees rob nectar, making a hole near the base of a flower to access the nectar while avoiding pollen transfer.

Bumblebees are important pollinators of both crops and wildflowers.  Because bumblebees do not overwinter the entire colony, they do not stockpile honey, so are not useful as honey producers. Bumblebees are increasingly cultured for agricultural use as pollinators, among other reasons because they can pollinate plants such as tomatoes in greenhouses by buzz pollination (moving their flight muscles rapidly to shake loose pollen) whereas other pollinators cannot.

According to late 20th-century folklore which you may have come across, "the laws of aerodynamics prove the bumblebee should be incapable of flight, as it does not have the capacity (in terms of wing size or beats per second) to achieve flight with the degree of wing loading necessary."   For more on the origin of this clearly false claim (and better physics analysis to disprove the obvious), click the bumblebee.

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