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its that time again folks
This is a different level of anxiety
guys i found the best one
the gif is animating in the little preview attached to notifications, but it won’t animate in the post itself and im pissed
i fixed it @thequantumqueer
Velma with the shits.
The two biggest fuckin liars on television.
“The most important part of character design is to have a recognizable silhouette”
I just had an amazing, humbling experience with this chunky little fuzzy bumble bee. I went to let my dog out and when I opened the back door, this cutie was crawling very slowly across the patio. After recognizing that she was not a wasp (thank goodness, I didn’t want to have to kill anything today… wasps are jerks and we all know it.) I decided to help her out and get her up off the ground and back to her bumblebee business. (The Beefcake and I later named her Queen of the Bee-zantine Empire.)
I know, I know… “Aurora, why wouldn’t you just leave it alone? It’s not even a honey bee!”
Prepare to do some learning. Here’s what I’m going to talk about in this post:
1. Some facts about bumblebees! (Because who doesn’t like facts?)
2. Why bumbles are important. (And plants they help us pollinate.)
3. How to help a grounded bumblebee. (And what I did to help my bumble friend.)
4. How to help non-grounded bumblebees (and honeybees) in your neighborhood!
5. How to tell if it’s really a bumble/honeybee.
Let’s get to it!
1. Facts About Bumbles:
To avoid boring everyone (myself included) to death by making this part of the post sound like a long, drawn-out speech full of science mumbo jumbo, I’m going to list some really basic facts and some that I thought were kinda interesting. Bee facts! Yeah!!!
- There’s a type of bumblebee called a “Cuckoo Bumblebee” that are brood parasitic. This means they don’t make their own nests, they just go invade another bee’s nest. The queen of the Cuckoos will murder the other queen and lay eggs in that nest and the workers that live and were ruled by the first queen then take care of the invading Cuckoo queen’s babies. I think there’s a Showtime drama television show about this. (I don’t really think there is one, but there should be.)
- Female bumbles can sting repeatedly because their stingers don’t have barbs like honeybees do. This means they don’t leave their stinger (or guts) when they sting something! Bumbles usually are defensive and will only sting if they’re in danger or are defending their nest. (The multiple stabs could also be in the show.)
- They can fly at lower temperatures than honeybees can, and can forage for their food from flowers that are long and tube-like because they have longer tongues.
- Bumblebees produce honey just like honeybees do! That being said, they do not stockpile it so we humans don’t harvest it.
- Franklin’s Bumblebee (native to Oregon and California) has been listed as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature.) These bees like lupine and california poppies so if you have a garden and you live on the west coast, do them a favor and plant some of these things.
2. Why Bumbles Are Important:
To make this easy on everyone, I’ll just make a simple list of things bumblebees pollinate for us humans. (PS - Honeybees pollinated 1/3 of the UK’s animal-pollinated crops while the other 2/3 was done by… you guessed it… bumbles.) Here’s a list of fruits and veggies we can thank bumbles for:
- Melons (including watermelons, honeydew)
- Squashes and pumpkins
Get the idea?
3. Help Grounded Bumbles:
Generally if a bee is grounded it is either hurt, sick, or it doesn’t have enough energy to get up and go. Here’s how you can help!
- GENTLY scoot the bee onto a piece of paper and transfer it to some type of container that air can get into but the bee can’t fly away immediately. I used a little tupperware container, but I left the lid off completely because I like bees and I’m not afraid of or allergic to them.
- Find some flowers and put those in there! The only flowers I could find in close proximity to my house were hyacinth flowers, but the bee seemed to like them well enough.
- Give your bee friend some sort of sugary solution. Dissolve a little bit of sugar in water, or if you have honey just mix it into some water and give your little bee a drop or two. Do not use artificial sweeteners, natural sweeteners are best.
- Give your bee friend some water in a dish that has a lip for her to sit on so she doesn’t fall in. This is more of an issue during the summer months when there are droughts and bees can’t always find good water, but I figured I’d list it just for future reference.
- Let your bee get better and fly off on their own! Chances are if they were just running on low energy, your diluted sugar solution will give them that little boost they need to fly off.
NOTE: If your bee has a damaged wing it will be very hard to help them. A bee without wings is pretty much useless and it will likely die. It’s sad, but that’s nature and nature isn’t always nice.
If your bee friend has a broken leg it can recover, but just be careful when moving it so you don’t damage any of its other legs.
4. Help ALL Bees:
- In the warmer months (spring, summer, autumn) put a little dish of water in your garden so bees can drink it! Make sure the dish has a little lip or edge for them to sit on so they can still access the water but are not in danger of falling into it.
- Don’t kill honeybees or bumbles that get into your house! They’re probably just as confused and scared as you are. Put them in a tupperware and transport them outside. (Wasps are a different story…)
- If you have a garden/patio that supports plant life, consider planting some flowers or fruits and veggies that bees like to forage from! In return you’ll get healthy little crops and you’ll also feel better because you get to help out our buzzy little friends! Here’s a little chart to help you out with that.
5. How to Identify Bees:
I’ll let this picture do most of the explaining.
Bumbles: Fuzzy, fluffy fat babies.
Honeybees: Fuzzy bodies, thick legs.
Wasps: Don’t get close enough to identify these. If you are unsure from a distance, just assume it’s a wasp and leave it alone completely.
The economic realities of Baby boomers versus Millennials
that comment has had me thinking for days… like im reblogging this shit a week later from my likes cus its the PERFECT analogy
all this toilet paper and you still aint shit
I WILL NEVER STOP LOSING IT AT “FUCK YOU LADY.”
Oh my god the “FUCK YOU LADY” is the best
YESSS THIS POST IS BACK
The physics and “FUCK YOU LADY” are definitely my favorite ones.
I hate this post because saying “lol” is DEFINITELY hostile in certain contexts and I am not literate enough to know when
The best ever episode of catfish
I’ve seen this photo set a million times and I had no idea it was catfish. I thought this was from a scripted comedy show of some sort.
please stop reblogging this post
but this is just my opinion 👀
I don’t believe there being such a bad sign, despite how much I joke, but don’t lie to yourselves about Aquarius being that fucking valid.
a) perfect example of people discrediting clever idea & intelligence of a female due to her appearance, and
b) all these people wouldn’t have noticed her kit, which was her goal in the first place
Are you threatening me with violence