Winter has been long and hard this year. But we are finally getting some warmer weather and the Star Magnolia is putting forth the prettiest blossoms. They aren’t as numerous as previous years but magnificent just the same.
I just walked out to look at them close up and found little tiny bees enjoying them. I was impressed that they let me get really close without buzzing me. My admiration for them is immense but my relationship with them is tenuous at best. I am allergic to their stings. So they normally don’t tolerate me being in the vicinity without chasing me off.
I had a bumblebee chase me around the beach years ago. I had to run into the water to get him to leave me alone. People were watching the spectacle unfold before them in disbelief. I don’t have a clue what provoked it.
The time I went to my first college football game at Purdue, I spotted hornets buzzing around garbage cans filled with empty cups that had contained pop. They were so happy to have them. I walked in a wide circle away from them and not looking toward them at all when I felt one latch onto the side of my left hand as we made our way to the stands. I lifted my hand to see who landed there and it provoked it to sting me.
We got to our seats, then proceeded to the first aid station. They gave me two Benedryl and I watched the game in a stupor from the drug while hornets buzzed all around me. The people sitting around me watched in disbelief because they bothered no one else. I had a constant cloud of them. None of them stung me even though I swatted them away from my face and brushed them off my arms when they landed on them.
It was a truly bizarre experience.
But the little bees today only had eyes for Magnolia blossoms. I am so glad!
Bees are so important in the whole scheme of life. They pollinate one in every three bites of food we consume. And they are in trouble due to chemicals we spread around on our lawns and spray on our flowers. We have to help them out by planting flowers to feed bees and butterflies in our gardens and flowerpots.