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Tuesday Terrific Trials: Industrious

This week’s trial spike to me immediately. While Preeti’s challenges over the past couple of weeks gave had me scratching my head to find an image idea that fits with my blog theme this was was very clear indeed.

There’s an aspect of our little green works that is forever industrious. In six weeks of

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The bumble bee has found a way to access tiny comfrey flowers for pollination by making a hole in the side of their narrow blooms. Each flower needs twenty insect visits to make a complete pollination.

The worker bee in the hive tends the tiny pupae of new bees curled securely inside their hexagonal cradles and the combs of honey glisten with the effort and work of the sixteen thousand bee journeys that contribute to every teaspoonful.

Now that’s what I call hard work. In six weeks of life she works day and night for her colony.

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15 comments on “Tuesday Terrific Trials: Industrious

  1. Becky A
    July 23, 2014

    I had no idea bees lived for 6 weeks at a time. Now I feel even more sad they are so precarious.

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  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome and thank you for sharing have a blessed week

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  3. mylatinnotebook
    July 23, 2014

    Great photos!

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  4. angloswiss
    July 23, 2014

    Interesting shots

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  5. tbnranch
    July 23, 2014

    I have bee issues… and a few questions. Read my post at http://tbnranch.com/2014/07/23/questions-for-bee-people/ Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. truckerturningwrite
    July 23, 2014

    Very clear photos. I can see the little bee maggots curled up. I never knew this was where the young were hatched. Nor did I realise that it takes 16,000 trips to make a teaspoon of honey. Excellent post!

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    • lizard100
      July 23, 2014

      Thanks. The bee babies are so cute. They remain white until very close to hatching so you get totally white perfect bees.

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  7. Rambling Woods
    July 24, 2014

    I didn’t know these facts…thank you

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  8. Preeti
    July 24, 2014

    Only six weeks!! I am feeling really amazed at all they achieve in such a short time! More inspiration from Mother Nature to be live productive useful lives…thanks for participating. I love the Bee macro shot..it’s gorgeous.. I will try to replicate something this cool soon…:)

    Cheers!
    Preeti

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    • lizard100
      July 25, 2014

      Thanks. The colony keeps producing be workers but each bee takes a new role as she grows up. Starting as a cleaner then nursemaid, progressing to comb builder, security guard and finally forager. It’s such a complex and clever life cycle!

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  9. mjh333
    August 9, 2014

    Would love to have my own hive in my allotment. One day hey!

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    • lizard100
      August 9, 2014

      It’s not to hard to do honestly. We’ve been keeping bees for two and a half years. It’s a very straightforward thing and some of our crops are really benefitting already.

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      • mjh333
        August 9, 2014

        Don’t think my allotment allows bees their very strict! When I get a decent size garden it’s on the list ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • lizard100
        August 9, 2014

        Hmmm maybe tell em how good it’ll be for the pollination and offer them some honey…..

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