Monday, October 12, 2009
Pet Costume Contestant No. 4
This is a Western or European Honey Bee* from a hive belonging to my beekeeper friends Glenn and Jess of The Beneficial Bee. "Bee Farmer" This particular Apis mellifera is dressed as a farmer sitting on her green John Deer. *Western or European Honey Bee: is our number 1 pollinator, because the bee can be domesticated and transported all over the country to pollinate crops that would otherwise go unharvested. We owe every third bite of food to the bees! The average life span of the honey bee is only about 28 to 35 days. Honey bees are in danger because of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) which will compromise our food supply. This is what Jess said on her blog about her hubby: "I decided to dress up one of our bees for my friend Doris’s pet costume contest. Did Glenn roll his eyes at my picture of a bee on a tiny John Deere? No. He enhanced the photo with the most amazing bee-sized boots and hat." And that, ladies and gents, is a wrap! I think I've seen it all!