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Bumble Bees
July 18, 2016

I show the tomato plants from time to time simply to let those of you that are growing in pots get an idea on what potted plants can do.

These plants stand about 6.5 feet (close to 2 meters), and yes they have fruits on them.

Saturday was a family picnic, as Karen, her sister, mom,and a great nephew all have birthdays within a 10 day period.

Good food is always a reason for a gathering, I don't need any other reason.

The heat is on later this week.

Rain is welcome when we get it.

Most of the rain this summer seem to come by pop-up storms.

Most of the massive bands of weather west of Lake Michigan seem to get beat up, or swallowed by the widest expanse of the Big Lake.

Storms over Milwaukee WI. cross almost 100 miles of Lake Michigan.

Cold air rising from the cold water takes the starch out of most storms.

Most of the time this is okay, but let us get some rain.

The Great Lakes are something special.

This week's topic is the Humble Bumble.


They can't fly.

Scientists once proved bumblebees can't fly, is regularly cited in magazine and newspaper stories and lists of interesting facts.

Quite often in a manner 'aimed at putting down those know-it-all scientists who are so smart, yet can't manage to understand something that's apparent to everyone else.'

It's also referenced in popular culture to invoke the concept that people shouldn't allow themselves to be limited by a dogged adherence to old ideas or by the perceptions of others.

Short and stubby, the bumblebee doesn't look very flight-worthy.

Indeed, in the 1930s, French entomologist August Magnan even noted that the insect's flight is actually impossible, a notion that has stuck in popular consciousness since then.

To keep things simple, he assumed a rigid, smooth wing, estimated the bee's weight and wing area, and calculated the lift generated by the wing.

Not surprisingly, there was insufficient lift.

The aerodynamicist's initial failure was sufficient evidence of the superiority of nature to mere engineering. 

There are other stories floating around as well.

Research and more research shows the Bumble bee gets things accomplished by brute strength.

Vibration and flexing muscles allow the Humble Bumble to do things other species of bees cannot.

Also the hefty bee flaps its wings 200 times a second more in a back and forth motion.

The Humble Bumble, is a peaceful bee, slow to anger.

Yet, this bee can pack a wallop with her sting, and can repeat sting.

This only happens when the nest is threatened or you are silly enough to try and pick up the bee.

Honeybees have a similar demeanor, wasps and hornets are flat out mean.

You can work among the bees with no problem.

Try to catch or really mess with it, and you will soon know.

Now in my case, I was a young boy that accidentally, unknowingly, stepped on a bumble bee barefooted.

For several days I had no arch in my right foot, and yes I cried.

Properly educated, I enjoy watching bumble bees in flight and feeding.

I will pet a bumble bee.

I teach my grand kids to respect and show them how to pet the bumble.

Bumble petting is best done on cool days when they are a bit slow.

On warm days, they simply fly off.

For more information on Bumbles, you can

Read Bumble Bees.

I explain more on petting bees (Kids think this is so cool to do).

Also you will find an out-link explaining more on how Bumble Bees fly and other tidbits and facts you may want to know.

The Bumble bee is also the primary pollinator for tomatoes and take on other tasks where smaller bees can't get the job done.

More than 50 species in North America, bumble bees are hive dwelling bees, but the hive only last a year.

A queen survives to start all over the following spring.

This is why only now, you are seeing more bumble bees.

Numbers grow rapidly now as the queen bee has a full time staff to help out.

The Humble Bumble is just one species of native bee welcome in my gardens, and should be in yours too.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless

“Many of our fears are tissue paper thin,

and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.”

Brendan Francis

Fears are generally taught.

Usually be a parent, or someone we listen to.

There should be a big difference between fear of something than respecting it.

Think about that for a moment.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,

but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority,
lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued,

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The same fight is going on inside you –
and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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