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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


The first thing that springs to my mind, 
when I think of pollination, is bees.
Feral, introduced bees.

I am not throwing nastursiums at honey bees or at their 'feralism'.
I am just stating a fact..the honey bees we are familiar with in Australia 
are an introduced species.  But where we be without the bee?

Some sweet facts

Bees make a direct contribution to Australian agricultural production, worth between $100 million and $4 – 6 billion, annually.

Although there are thousands of registered commercial and part-time apiarists and hobbyists, the important work of pollinating crops is mostly done by bees in feral colonies.

Australian native bees are mainly solitary and do not form social hives, like the honey-bee (Apis mellifera), which is an introduced species, originally from Europe.

Luckily, in Australia unlike the Americas and in Europe, our bees are thriving and we have not had any sign of the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) where worker bees abruptly disappear from a hive. 

But bees do not do all this work alone.
There are some carrots and onions flowering in the veggie patch.
These are providing a feast for all sorts of mini beasts
who are, no doubt, returning the favour with a bit of pollination.

A beetle...Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

A fly...looks just like the common house fly to me, 
but it was having a great time feeding on the carrot flower.  
And a little geometric bug with long legs to the left of the fly.

Some sort of waspy thing.

A different sort of fly and a bee...of course.
There were also butterflies...lots of butterflies,
 but they wouldn't stay still long enough to be photographed.

Nature's abundance.

1 comment:

  1. I think we humans are also susceptible to CCD, aren't we? Certainly seems like it sometimes.


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