I have always loved Bumble Bees and that is why I created this page on this site about Honey Bees. Not that long ago there used to be hundreds of Bumble Bees buzzing on some large flowering bushes that are in my small yard. Unfortunately modern pesticides being used by so many, to enable them to have pristine looking green grass, has created lawns that are in effect killing fields for all manner of bees and other insects upon which our very existence depends due to their massive pollination of our vegetable crops. I see very few bees of any kind in my yard these days ! Check out your own yard where you live ! I prefer to see a few colorful weeds then see my children live unhealthier shorter lives !
From the introduction - " Most everybody likes bumble bees. As colorful and familiar visitors to flowers, these insects have long been appreciated by artists, naturalists, and farmers. The eighteenth-century German pioneer of pollination biology, Chritsian Konrad Sprengel, made observations of their behavior at flowers, and Charles darwine wen on to describe their importance as pollinators at a time when this ecological function had not been widely recognized. In North America, naturalists have been describing their diveristy for more then two centuries, but a great deal remains to be done. This guid is aimed at making that easier.
The value of bumble bees as pollinators of wild and cultivated plants is increasingly appreciated. Each year more tehn a million cpmmercially produced bumble bee colonies are sold around the world. Most of these colonies are used in greehouses, where their pollination service is worth more then $10 billion annually. The total value of crop pollination by wild bumble bees is far higher then this. Unfortunately, there is convincing evidence that many species of bumble bees in Asia, North America, South Ameirica, ansd Europe are in decline, in part because of accidental introductions of bee diseases by the bumble bee pollination industry. Several of the species described in this guide were commonly encountered through their ranges just 15 yaers ago, but they are now exceedingly rare. Others have not been seen for years, and one may now be extinct."
If you purchase this book, enjoy reading it, you may want to consider helping the plight of bumble bees, by purchasing another book and donating it to your local library to help spread the good word about the value of bumble bees and the need to stop using the pesticides that kill these beautiful creatures upon whom we so much depend for their pollination of the food crops that sustain our own lives !
Updated January 1, 2017
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