When I saw the article I am sharing today, I thought it was going to be about bees, and the problems facing bees – AND, I thought I knew something about this problem. After all, I’ve been reading about the problems/crisis facing bees for years. However, I did not know what a Solitary Bee was. According to the article:
“Solitary bees, such as sweat bees, mining bees and leafcutter bees, tend to fly under the radar. They don’t live in hives or produce honey, yet because they’re indigenous, they’re exponentially more effective at pollination than honeybees, which are native to Europe.”
Suddenly, I had an affinity for solitary bees. It seems like the kind of bee I’d want to be.
The project described in the article has a goal of creating houses for solitary bees near pollinator gardens in and around the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. So far, they have created seven houses.
“The houses are wooden boxes set atop posts 5 to 6 feet tall, filled with cardboard and bamboo tubes that provide a protected spot for solitary bees to lay their eggs. Signage will be added near the bee houses to educate passersby about the importance of protecting these very effective pollinators.”
Not only was I surprised to learn about these bees, the article goes on to say that of the 300 species of bees found in Pennsylvania, about 90% are solitary bees! That’s an amazing number.
My daughter noticed the last line of the article:
“You can do this yourself,” said Hart. “They’re not hard to make and install.”
I looked into bees, and I was surprised to find that, like in Pennsylvania, there are roughly 300 species of bee in Connecticut, and most of them are solitary. This article by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, has more information on the types of bees we are trying to help. Now that I think about it, we have a bunch of bamboo that we bought to use for plant stakes (but that didn’t work). Maybe we can turn some of that into a couple of solitary bee houses.
The “We are the World” Blogfest is now in its third year. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti, welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month.
While I slapped my copyright thing on all the photos, some were taken by my wife and some by our daughter. Those are easily identified by when you say, “oooh!”