You won’t hear Bee’s complaining about equality issues, they are a complete social insect, living to serve the hive.
A female Bee (if she’s not the Queen Bee or a surrogate Queen) goes out everyday, does the shopping (no change there) for pollen and nectar from flowers. They also build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, and perform many other societal functions.
What does the male Bee or drone do? Well some may think he has an easy job, he gets to have sex once if he is unlucky, as he is haveing his end away his bits get ripped off and he dies, sod that!. There must be a celibate monkhood for bees. If he remains celebate then he gets to live off the honey that the workers bring in, then there is a good chance that come the Winter he will be expelled from the hive when they need to conserve their food stuffs.
So who is better off?
- A little about bees (weneedbees.wordpress.com)
The pear tree at the bottom of the garden has now blossomed fully, soon the petals will wilt and fall to the ground.
I’ve been clocking up a lot of hours recently at work, so I took an extended lunch toady and drove around. Where I work is considered to be in the sticks for anyone living in a town, but those who do live in the sticks would say I’m a just a towny. 10 mins from where I work it really is countryside, rolling fields, orchards, roaming pheasants and that pleasant smell of fresh air and cows.
On my way to work I regulary see pheasants that have killed by wandering across the road, unfortunately this is a common occurence so it was nice to see them in their natural environment. But this one couldn’t resist a bit of tarmac and had to cross it. Probably proving his metal to the female in the field. The colors on these birds plumage is amazing, I wish I had a a longer lens to do them real justice and so I didn’t stalk them in my work suit.
I also spotted a place called Old Soar manor which is owned by English Heritage, you can have a free tour between April – October, guess I’ll be checking if I can find it again.
The pear tree at the bottom of my graden is always second to bloom after the greengage tree. There is one more fruit tree to come, the apple tree’s bud’s are a dark rich red at the moment. I am looking forward to seeing them.