Learning the ABCs of wasps and bees


August 14, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Maxine Redfearn hosted five Dirt Diggers Garden Club members at her home Tuesday.
The August Yard of the Month winners, Tim and Jodi Hoffman, were approved.
Members voted to offer Yard of the Month awards in May, June and July in future years.
Redfearn gave the program on how plants attract bees.
Many vegetables and fruit trees are attractive to them because of their pollen and nectar. The color and scent of flowers also may attract bees.
Many foods and crops rely on and benefit from pollination. Flowers with a large number of bees tend to produce larger and more uniform fruit, Redfearn said.
Some plants are pollinated by other animals, wind and water. Only female bees and wasps can sting. Stingers are a modified egg-laying structurea. Bees die after a single sting.
To minimize symptoms of a bee sting, apply a poultice of meat tenderizer or salt and leave it for about 30 minutes.
There are several varieties of bees and wasps: honey bees, bumble bees, yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets, cicada killer wasps, mud daubers, paper wasts, European hornets, sweat bees, mining bees, leaf-cutting bees and others.
Bees and hornets have a variety of nests and different ways of producing next year’s bees and hornets.
Evelyn Lay will host the Oct. 10 meeting.


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