We are getting a late start to alerting our readers of this important week, but hope if you are reading us that you are already here with protecting pollinators.
Here’s an interesting thing we read this week: Some of you humans are still trying to rid your yards of Carpenter Bees.
Yes, we know they eat into your wooden eaves and deck rails to lay their eggs. Maple trees also fill up your gutters with samara seeds. Moles dig holes in your lawn. Snakes eat baby birds in their nests.
It is nature.
Carpenter bees are just doing what carpenter bees do. Maybe more of us should be like one of the commenters who said they leave out an untreated board for the bees to do their thing with so they don’t bother the house.
Have you noticed that Carpenter Bees frequent your flowers?
They feed on nectar and gather pollen to lay their eggs on. They do not live in colonies or have a hive to protect, so though they are large and noisy, they are gentle.
They also pollinate a lot of flowers. Because of their size, Carpenter Bees may be one of the few native bees to be able to survive you humans’ rash pesticide use.
Imagine if you humans killed off a bee because it ate a bit of deck wood, and lost your ability to grow a third of your food?
Please read this article on CarpenterBees, Bee-ing Important Pollinators by Green Blog. The contributions of carpenter bees to pollination far outweigh their destruction of wood.
Please help save ALL pollinators.