If you’re looking for a great photo for your scrapbook, why not consider creating a bee on flower theme? This is a really popular theme for scrapbooks because bees are always associated with flowers. They’re our friendly neighborhood insects that we all know and love. We’ve all seen honey bees at work but did you know they have a huge impact on the environment?
To be more literal, bees produce over one million pounds of honey each year. That’s a lot of honey! To put that into perspective, if all the other animals in the world produced as much honey, we’d all be richer. So, it’s pretty cool to know how much we owe the bees. Besides, their services to us include pollinating our gardens and delivering many different foods we enjoy.
One of the nicest things about them is that they’re so easy to care for. You don’t need an expensive hat or veil to cover your face like a bride does. A bee suit is all you need. If you’re lucky, you’ll see them flying around your neighborhood without any additional decorations.
If that doesn’t happen, they can still help you decorate the Christmas tree. Some people prefer to skip the flowers and go with stars and hearts instead. When you’re working with bees, it’s best to keep it simple. Don’t try to involve more than one bee at a time.
For instance, instead of using real flowers, you can use fake ones. There are plenty of artificial flowers available that look very real. What you’re trying to do with your flowers is to mimic the way a bee would move to get to the pollen. With the perfect temperature and humidity, that pollen will land on your finger and you can transfer it to your flower.
Just like a bee, it’s smart to have some space between the bee and your flower. The closer you can create that gap, the better off you are. You don’t want the bee to be able to sting you. It’s also a good idea to place something heavy on top of the flower so that the bee has a hard surface to push against and defend itself from.
To attract the bee, the best thing to do is to make the surroundings as natural as possible. A lot of people use Cayenne pepper to throw in the mix. That spicy aroma isn’t just a scent; it’s a deterrent as well. If a bee sees Cayenne mixed with water, it’s not going to want to sting you.
Another ingredient you might want to consider is apple cider vinegar. Many bees find vinegar very tasty. If it keeps them from attacking your flowers, then you’ve done your job.
Once you’ve got the bee problem under control, your focus needs to be on getting the honey. Honey is the prize that you’re trying to steal. The first thing you need to do is check the source of your honey. Is it local or is it imported? Knowing where your honey comes from could make a huge difference in how you deal with the bees.
The honey isn’t going to work unless the hive is clean. So, while the hive is outside, make sure it’s sealed up properly. Use caulk to seal around all the access points and the hive body. This should keep all the fresh air circulating and keep the honey safe. Also, check all the feeder jars to make sure they aren’t overcrowded with honey.
After you’re done dealing with the flowers, remember that bees are drawn to flowers that have nectar. If you have an excess of it, that means your flowers are ready for the bees. Leave the flowers alone for a few days. They’ll come back to the surface every so often and re-establish themselves.
Once they’re back, you can place your bee on flower in the same spot. Don’t move the bee to another part of the plant, because that’s where the bees will go. If you want to transfer a bee on flower from one plant to another, just cut off its tail. Then you can shake it out and transfer it. Just make sure you don’t cut any of the flower’s leaves until you’re sure it’s safe to do so.