There’s a species of solitary mason bees (Osmia avosetta) that make pretty little nests for their larvae out of flower petals.
BEES ARE DYING AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED
Barely two weeks after 25,000 bees were found dead in a parking lot in Oregon, another round of bee devastation has been reported. This time, the mass die-off was far worse. More than 37 million honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, according to beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost the bees from 600 hives in June. He and many others are pointing to insecticides called neonicotinoids, used in planting corn and some other crops. “Once the corn started to get planted [in Elmwood] our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. After a record-breaking loss of honeybees in the U.K., the European Union banned several pesticides in May, including neonicotinoid pesticides. [Source]
poisoning bees can also kill
- the honey industry
- us, eventually, because we are apex predators and poison travels up the food chain
1 Stop using insecticides 2 Plant Bee-friendly plants 3 Create natural habitat gardens 4 Find out more about bees 5 Support your local beekeepers 6 Make you own ‘Wild bee’ house 7 Become a beekeeper 8 Lobby your local MP or MEP 9 Sign petitions banning pesticides 10 Encourage your local authority to do more to help bees
!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
The Urban Beehive was developed as part of Philips’ new Microbial Home project, a self-sufficient closed-loop home concept that also features items like a methane digester and a plant-based effluent (read: toilet) filtration system. It’s a design concept, so it’s not exactly coming to a Home Depot near you. But it could, and maybe it should.
The Urban Beehive has two parts that attach to your apartment window: A white frontispiece with a flower pot and a small hole for bee entry, and an orange-hued glass inverted teardrop mounted inside your house. This way you can see the bees at work, and access their honey via a small spigot.
The glass teardrop has an array of honeycomb frames for bees to build their wax cells, like existing honeybee colony kits do. The shell is orange to help the bees navigate, and there’s a small hole for the urban beekeeper to release smoke inside, should the hive ever need to be opened (smoke chills out the bees). The city benefits from the bees’ pollination work, and your apartment benefits from fresh honey and the pleasing effect of watching bees, Philips says.