Let’s face it. Honeybees get all the attention. They’re cute, fuzzy and necessary to our survival. But so are bumblebees. Maybe more so. But I didn’t know that stuff until one cool, April morning in Kodiak, Alaska.
I was walking by the woodpile when I noticed a bumblebee resting on a log. Ignoring my bee phobia, I held out my hand.
While I didn’t get stung in the literal sense, I was stung with curiosity.
Has something like that ever happened to you?
For two years, I photographed, filmed, observed and read about these amazing creatures that resemble tiny grizzly bears.
For example, here are a few mental-flossers to share with your friends:
Six facts about bumblebees
- They can pollinate twice as many flowers as honeybees
- Bumblebees are native to North America. Honeybees are not
- They can fly higher than Mount Everest
- Compared to wasps, bumblebees are docile and mellow
- Male bumblebees don’t have a stinger
- One in four bumblebee species are at risk for extinction
How can you not love a bumblebee?
My first bumblebee documentary
In March 2019, I tried my hand at film-making. I created this 6-minute documentary.
It might not be National Geographic quality. But hey, I’m learning.
For a bumblebee’s sake, please give it a watch and share it with your friends and family.
Humble bumblebees everywhere thank you in advance.
And I thank you for stopping by.
P.S. I’d love any advice or comments. Please post them below or send me a note.
Blog posts and resources you might enjoy:
• More photos of bees and bears: Alaska Nature Photography.
• Direct link to my photo galleries
• Food for thought: When did you last spend time being quiet?
+ + + + + + + + + + +
Marion Owen is a “Jill of all trades,” with 30 years of experience as a teacher and columnist. She’s on a mission to help busy people enhance their daily lives, condensing topics such as photography, cooking, and organic gardening into bite-size pieces. Get her free 4-page “In Good Light: Photo Tips for Busy People” and feel newly recharged when taking pictures.
Oh, NO! Don't mow dandelions! | Organic Gardening | Lagniappe blogJune 19, 2021 at 10:18 AM
[…] after spending months hibernating over the winter. Underground. Alone. (You might enjoy my article, How to Love a Bumblebee featuring the little movie I […]