June 5, 2012 – Symbiosis
Albert Einstein may or may not have said this (snopes.com still on the fence but they are leaning to a “no”) “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more man” but whomever said that (if it wasn’t Einstein) – it sounded very smart and very ominous. Now I felt superbad for weedwacking my backyard yesterday. I destroyed a lot of wildflowers in my garden. What were those wildflowers thinking anyway, growing in my special section which I called a “garden” didn’t they see the “off limits” sign?! I sincerely hope that I didn’t inadvertently participated in the willful destruction of human kind (I shudder at the thought of being named the destroyer of the world like Oppenheimer “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”).
Fortunately for me the honey bees seems to really like the lavender (note to self: “do not kill the lavender”) so that fact alone hopefully helps me fall asleep at night. You can see how much this honeybee really like the lavender flower. It went all the way in as it if was being swallowed up by the flower. “Who is eating whom,” the lavender said.
As I was researching something clever to say about this honeybee – I found out that the average life of a honey bee during the working season is only about six weeks and that during that time it gathered a total 1/10 tsp of honey. Bees fly the equivalent of more than twice around the world to gather a pound of honey (read abut honeybee trivia here). Talk about working hard. I think I just used up tsp of honey for my breakfast while writing this blog. Ooops!!!!