First day of Autumn’s coming, time for more cute baby hats. These patterns are all over the web, but I couldn’t resist posting mine. Also including a shot of the asters in our CT garden, abuzz with bees this warm, sunny afternoon. There’s said to be a sharp decline in honey bee numbers this summer, but we sure have plenty of bumble bees!
The Bumble Bee is the common name for any of a group of large, hairy, usually black-and- yellow, social bees. They are found primarily in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, often ranging farther north and higher in altitude than other bees. Fifty species of bumble bees are known in North America alone! Bumble bees are similar to their close relatives, the honey bees, in that their colonies are headed by a queen, who is the main egg-layer, and many workers, who are the daughters of the queen, and in that drones (males) are produced during the mating
season. However, the colonies of bumble bees, unlike those of honey bees, only survive during the warm season; new queens hibernate alone to begin another colony the following spring. In addition, there are usually fewer individuals in a bumble-bee colony than in a honey-bee colony, and bumble bees do not use a dance to communicate the location of food to other members of the colony, as honey bees do. Also, although bumble bees collect nectar and store it as honey, they do not hoard large amounts of it, as do honey bees. Bumble bees are sensitive to habitat disturbance. In England, several species are thought to have become extinct in past decades due to land clearing and agricultural practices.
Bee info from http://www.insectstings.co.uk/