Bessie Bee… “For without Bees there is no love…”

https://www.xerces.org/blog/five-ways-to-support-queen-bumble-bees-this-spring

“Once she finds a good location underground, the queen will drop her metabolic rate to conserve energy and produce an antifreeze-like chemical to withstand cold temperatures. Upon receiving cues from the environment that spring has arrived, the queen will emerge, begin anew, and the cycle repeats itself.”

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Bessie Bee, the early Queen Bee, stopped for a visit yesterday. The rain forced her to come in under the porch with me…

Bessie Bee told me it has been a little harder this year to get a nest going. She was kinda anxious about it, while staring at me with a puff and pout😡.

Bessie Bee was worried that her worker bees might be nervous too. “Queen Bees, like me, serve the greater good, leaders we are,” she would say proudly 😁.

Bessie Bee says, “This is a critical time of year. Queen Bees need sufficient food herself, as well as enough to nourish her first batch of developing offspring.” She would say then, “Failure is not an option, my dear!”

Bessie Bee would stay in for the night. She has a little built in heater to keep warm. “I will awake with light of sunshine in the early morn, my dear,” Bessie Bee said with a happy buzz…

“Will you meet me here again?” Bessie Bee asked, as she disappeared underneath the deck, to rest in the nest. “Of course I will,” I thought with admiration and respect…

“For without Bees there would be no love…” Bessie Bee whispered softly as she fell soundly asleep.

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…

“Bessie Bee” Arrives! Spring on the Oregon coast is near…

It seems like every year at this time my old friend “Bessie Bee” shows up. She loves to warm up from a cold night in hibernation when the warm sunshine beckons…

“Bessie Bee” is preparing to be first in line for the early blooms. Early bees get the most honey, they say…

Even Bees like to be first. “Bessie Bee” is a good listener too. She is very patient with me talking a lot.

I feel so calm sitting on the porch in my rocking chair. Breathing in the cool fresh breeze from the sea is healing. Makes me feel alive visiting with “Bessie Bee”

It’s even better when “Bessie Bee” shows up for a chat. For I know in my soul that without Bees there is no love 💔.

See you later “Bessie Bee” a true friend, indeed…

PNW Bumble Bee reference:

https://www.pnwbumblebeeatlas.org/species-illustrations.html