In the Pacific NW, we've seen a huge decline in our native bumble bee population. I've always been curious about bee's but now I feel compelled to know who is visiting my garden and to help them thrive.
I found a great resource here from the Pollinator Partnership to assist with bee identification.
I've learned that all the early bumbles bee's that I've seen in my yard thus far, have been emerging queens with an orange band on the back. Now..if I could only get a picture then I could really identify them, but I've narrowed it down to 2 more common types. It would be excited to see less common bumbles.
I like this source for Western Bumble Bee identification too.
The bee's have been enjoying my lupines and rhododendrons and the old snow ball tree.
It's makes me happy to hear them buzzing around.
Lastly, I just received my sign from Metro that I have pledged not to use pesticides in my yard. We have done this for years.
So..Portland area gardeners, can you commit to using no pesticides in your yard and garden? We can go a long way to keeping our bee population healthy if we all making minor changes in the way we live. Click here for more information about going toxin free. And I encourage you to find out who is buzzing around in your gardens. It's just another level of connection to nature and it reminds us that for every action we make, there is a consequence.