Nowadays, once a science fiction addict hear the name bumblebee, the first thing that comes to mind is an alien robot that walks around the earth and can transform itself into a Chevy Camaro from the block-buster film The Transformers. Well it’s not exactly the one I wanted to talk about. The real Bumblebee is a species of bee well known for its yellow-black body hairs and it is role in the pollination process which allows flowers to transport their pollens to other flowers for reproduction. This process is very ideal partnership for both creatures. Bumblebees are known for feeding nectar of the flowers that contains sugar and vitamins. During the feeding process the flower’s pollen grains are wedges into the bee’s hairy hind leg for transport.
As pollinators, bumblebees have attracted farmers and agricultural specialists (especially for growing tomatoes) to use their service to facilitate the tomatoes to produce pollens. To do so, tomato farmers need to build a special greenhouse equipped by a nest to attract the bumblebees. This practice is called the buzz pollination.
In a brink of extinction
Some experts said that the numbre of bumblebee in their habitat has decreased. The climate change is blamed to be the main cause of their progressive disappearance. Habitat destruction and damages caused by pesticides are also another factors that endanger their existence.
Some wild life organizations have urged people to do something to save these bees. They are trying to educate gardeners about the importance of creating gardens that are suitable to the bees natural environment. Having a condusive habitat will definately give them more chance to survive.
Even you can save bumblebees. If you have a garden and if you are willing to give these bees a home or a living ground, just plant some of their favorite flowers! Here below are bumblebee’s favourite flowers that gloom in different period in of the year:
Spring flowers: bluebell, hawthorn, pulmonaria and rosemary
Early summer flowers: Aquilegia, astilbe, campanula, comfrey foxglove, geranium, potentilla
Late-summer flowers: Angelica, aster, buddleia, cardoon, cornflower, Dalia, heather, ivy, lavender, etc