A very hungry bumble bee
I found out on my walk.
I invited her to dine with me,
And though she couldn’t talk…
She came along without protest
Happy to have me serve…
The wildflower blossom I picked for her,
Six-petaled bee hors d’oerve.
Once in the house, I seated her
As my honored guest,
Then I served her with a bee size drink…
My vintage nectar best!
A little sugar mixed
With water all together
And the happy bee was well revived
To survive this cold, spring weather.
She buzzed about and thanked me
For the sustenance,
And then she asked to be excused
With her little bumble dance.
I opened up my front door
To see her on her way
She said to look for her again
Some sunny summer day!
Bombus mixtus or Mixed Bumble Bee queens emerge after overwintering to begin the process of making a nest (typically in the ground) where she will begin to make wax pots to lay her eggs in. You can help save these important pollinators by reducing use of herbicides and lawn chemicals in your yard. If you find one on a cold day, help it out by providing a boost of carbohydrate energy. You can wet a sponge or cotton with sugar water or prepackaged hummingbird food and offer it a drink. The hungry bee will thank you for it. Remember to “bee” nice to bees!
***Text and photographs copyright 2012 by Cynthia Brast. No part of this story may be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the author.