It seems that we two-footers could have been named bumblekind rather than the winged bombinis….bumble meaning to hum or to be inept in movement. We easily get sidetracked and follow paths that lead to negative consequences, a bumbling of sorts.
The bombini tribe or bumblebees seem to know exactly what is needed for themselves and their colony to survive. On cool mornings such as this one, an intense shivering of thorax muscles commences to warm up the core temperature in order to fly. The buzz or humming sound comes from the wingbeats – the larger the bee – the slower the wingbeat and the deeper the buzz.
Bumblebees have taken up residence in our greenhouse; they arrived in a box given to us by a UPS driver that wondered what all the buzz was about. The bombini tribe or bumblebee does a far better job at pollination than its cousins the honeybees. We start hundreds of plants and transplant them to the field but in order for them to produce a “fruit” many rely on the tiniest of insects to transfer the pollen around. This work by pollinators is unheralded and ignored even though they are the basis of our world wide food production.
Pollinators are declining in numbers due to a variety of reasons. The first step by us, the bumblekind, to keep the humming winged bombinis in good health would be to pay close attention to the insecticides and “lawn care” we use. Read the labels and take note.
This week starts the first farm share for spring – whoo whoo! Due to life’s circumstances, more specifically in farming…. the following will be available to fill the CSA boxes: spring greens, frozen corn or carrots or leeks or melon, potatoes, carrots, green onion tops, dried garlic or cantaloupe or tomatoes and jam for the larger shares.