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Just the Bees

March 6, 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again! What time, you ask? The time when I actually post something? haha yes, that too. I’m talking about the time of year in Colorado when it’s warm enough to get outside with the kids and the dogs and actually ENJOY it!

Yesterday afternoon the girls, the dogs, and I were out at Peach Valley, our local dirt bike area. We went to have a picnic and so that the SJ and the dogs could burn off some pent-up stuck-inside-all-winter energy and baby Ivy and I could get some fresh air. During our picnic we got a couple of visitors. IMG_3174They were buzzing around our food, I guess they were trying to find something that they could eat, too. SJ is always terrified of anything that buzzes, so I was trying to keep her calm. I thought they were hornets at first, so I was a little nervous when one decided to explore my head for a good 5 minutes. One landed on my hand and low and behold, it was a bee!

I know there are a lot of people out there that are afraid of bees and hornets and, well, anything with a stinger. There is a huge difference, however.

Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – They all pretty much fall into one category – Angry. They don’t like you and they just want you to Go Away as quickly as possible. In most cases this means buzzing at your face and trying to scare you off. However, if they’re in the mood they’ll just sting you to speed up the ‘you leaving’ process, and go about their day.

Bees, on the other hand, are nice, downright friendly if you treat them nicely. The biggest difference with bees is that they don’t Want to sting you. Most bee stingers are barbed, and as such are quite hard to remove once they’re stuck into something. Every bee knows that once they sting you (and leave their stinger embedded in your flesh, as it were) they get to go off and  die. Yup. Once a bee stings it dies. On a rare occasion one will manage not to leave its stinger behind and will live to pollinate another day. This is rare, though, as most times the stinger comes off, causing massive internal damage and killing the bee within a few hours.  Unless a bee is in fear for its life or is protecting its hive it will generally not sting you. Yes, if you accidently (or purposefully) disturb a nest you will probably get stung. A lot. But your average, buzzing-around-looking-for-food-and-pollen bee is just not interested. They are gatherers. All they want to do is collect pollen and eat.

Now, the bee did decide to keep landing on Ivy 4 or 5 times, which was not okay. You never know when a baby’s going to move around or get scared, or he might’ve climbed into her clothes and I Do NOT want a bee sting on my baby. So I kept picking him up and relocating him from her. Other than that I wasn’t worried about him stinging. Even when he was climbing around, exploring my hand.

IMG_3179-2So, you see, bees are not to be feared. In fact, if you have something sweet that you managed to accidently get on your hand, such as the Nutella® that I did yesterday, they will even clean it off for you if you give them the chance. And did I mention that bee feet tickle when they’re walking around on you?! Because they do!

 

Bees are awesome. Just BEE nice and they’ll do the same!

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