Come August, we gardeners are allowed a break. It’s too hot and generally too dry to plant; the weeds slow down, and deadheading is optional. But even as we abandon the garden for a stack of summer reading, pollinators keep working at our plants, storing food for winter and tanking up for migration.
Honeybees are nonnatives but are highly valued for being efficient food-crop pollinators, easily domesticated, and gracious about sharing surplus honey. Individuals will sting to protect their hive, but swarms that split from overcrowded colonies are docile until they find a new home. If not captured and rehoused by beekeepers, honeybees will construct wild hives in hollow trees and sometimes, inconveniently, within building walls.
Bumblebees are actually superior pollinators because they can contract their flight muscles to dislodge sticky pollen. Thank bumbles for buzz-pollinating…
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