Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Pet tree for bees

"Save The Bees"

After reading an article in a newspaper about how bees were in danger at the moment,
I decided to create a bee inspired item!

I used Swarovski crystal beads, a lucite flower, jasper and a bee charm.

I will give a dollar to BUGLIFE for each "Save the Bees" pet tree necklace sold!

What YOU can do to help: (check out BUGLIFE for more info)

"Bumblebees are dependent on flowers for nectar (sugary liquid) and pollen (protein and minerals for developing larvae). They also need a place to shelter and build their nest to maintain a successful colony throughout its life-cycle."

There are a few tips to bear in mind when creating a bumblebee-friendly garden:

  • They need a continuous succession of flowers from spring to autumn, so there is always a food supply. Queens may appear even in January during warm spells; their disrupted hibernation making them hungry for nectar.
  • Most bumblebees prefer perennial flowers that flower from year-to-year. Herbs and traditional cottage-garden plants are ideal.
  • Flowers are best planted in large groups or patches (‘drifts’) of the same kind, so that the bees have good foraging sites. Bumblebees like to stick to one type of flower while foraging, and can waste energy scouting around for more forage.
  • A selection of flowers of different shapes (e,g bowl-shaped, bell-shaped, ‘lipped’ and tubular) will appeal to different species, as they have different tongue lengths.
  • If possible, a part of the garden should be left less intensively cultivated and more informal, to provide suitable nesting sites. Carder bumblebees will make their nest in long, tussocky grass. Bumblebees will also create nests in undisturbed compost heaps or underneath hedgerows.
  • You can also improvise by creating an underground nest site by digging a hole, putting a ball of moss or dry grass in the bottom and covering with a slab so as to leave a small entrance. Bumblebees will also use the smell of an abandoned, old rodent's or bird's nests as a cue to the presence of a suitable nesting site.



  1. What an awesome idea! I've recently taken up gardening, and had heard about how important bees are to our planet and its' many ecosystems. Thanks for raising awareness to this little-known issue.

  2. I'm very much afraid of being stung by bees so whenever I see one I go into a mini-panic. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I understand if one stings me, she will die soon afterward and I don't want that to happen so I run! I freely admit that I don't want to go through the pain of being stung too, so that makes me run faster. :)

    I've heard about Colony Collapse Disorder (or whatever they are calling it - depends on who you talk to) and it sounds very worrisome.