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The bees have it! No, they really do. They are an integral part of the survival of the planet. Not enough people seem to be aware of this fact. I know we spend most of our summer days worried about being stung, which makes them villains, but they are villains with a purpose. Science is on their side.

Redditpr u/TheRealOcsiban wanted everyone to to put their head together and discuss how.... What can a normal person do to help save the bees?


Call the Keeper! 

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Do NOT call all exterminator when you see a hive on your property, and do NOT go spraying them with Raid or the like.

Most of the time when you see the swarm, they are actually just relocating for the spring and just trying to protect their queen. They will be completely harmless, and will move on when they are ready.

If you feel the need to, call a local bee keeper to make sure they get relocated safely. friendlylycanthrope

Habitat for Bees! 

Entomologist here. First, remember that honey bees are not native for those of us in North America. They are actually livestock. That means keeping a bee hive is not going to save the bees.

What's more of a concern are native pollinators they are usually solitary bees or ones like bumblebees. The big thing for them is habitat. Some are ground nesting, but others like to nest in debris like leaf litter, hollow sticks, etc. If you just have a lawn that gets mulched all the time by mowing, etc. that's not really helping them out.

Whether it's honey bees or native bees, food sources are the other main factor. Many bees have troubles because they don't have a consistent food source throughout the growing season. If you have just one type of flower that blooms in July with not much else, those bees are going hungry. You want a variety of flowering plants that also bloom at different times.

There's no silver bullet really, but that's about as close as it gets with maintaining habitat and not just having bee food deserts, especially in cities. where_are_the_grapes

Damn the Grass! 

Grow native grass, plant native flowers, stop spraying pesticides. Regular grass is damn stupid. TabascohFiascoh

Not the Dandelions! 

Plant flowers/plants that are native to your area. That's really important! See what grows naturally around you.

Don't mow down dandelions in the spring. That's the first food source bees have access to.

Make a sugar water pitstop for them. Making faux nectar just like we do for hummingbirds.

Support farmers! Farmers means bees pollinating and many of them keep hives just for this purpose.

Start a hobby hive if you can.

If you find a hive that needs to go, don't just destroy it! Call around and you should be able to find someone more than willing to collect it for relocation.

Buy local honey and wax products. Supporting bee keepers supports happy, healthy bees! Gloeee

Flourish the Flowers....

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There are a lot of potential contributors of colony collapse disorder and a lot of debate over what's really causing the most damage to our bees. The average person has control over two things that could benefit bees: their yard habits and their honey habits.

The easiest thing to do to help bees is buy honey locally. The stuff you get in the store is terrible compared to the real product, and if you buy honey from local beekeepers, you're not only supporting that hive, you're also helping your allergies.

The other thing you can do, and the hardest thing for many people to commit to, is to ditch the 'ideal' version of a yard society has pushed upon you - a yard made of one homogeneous plant species (completely unnatural). This perfect, green lawn takes a lot of fertilizers and chemicals to maintain, the second of which is harmful to insects, e.g. bees, and minimizes a bee's natural food sources: wildflowers = flowering weeds. Let the flowers flourish. You can plant some of your own, and that will help, but native flowers are what native bees will utilize the best. Def_Not_The_Same_Guy

On the Decline.... 

Stop trying to save honey bees specifically. They are a symptom of a much larger problem, native bee population decline.

Honey bees are actually an invasive species, and are really only beneficial to agricultural pollination. Native bees are important for local ecosystems and local flowering plants.

Best you can do for them is plant local flowers, try not to use pesticides, and try as best you can to push for climate conscious initiatives. There are no species specific pesticides, any claiming that they just kill the bad stuff are lying, and climate change is affecting things on so many horrifying levels. HovercraftFullofBees

Check-In! 

I have actually been to a "bee hotel" and I kind of want to make one myself. Essentially what you do is get multiple pieces of wood and stack them. You drill different sized holes in these logs and plant flowers that attract native bees. These bees then live inside the holes and have places to live! They're completely harmless if you don't bother them (I do take precaution to people with allergies, obviously lol). They look pretty cool if you put some work into the design, and they help a lot with keeping bees alive. DanceGrape

Picnic Love! 

Not kill them when they get into your house. Not kill them when they're around your picnic area. Not kill them when you think they're out to get you. Unless there's a swarm who thinks it was you who disturbed them, don't do stuff to them. miggy07

Not a Wasp!

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Don't mistake them for wasps and kill them. TheJadedSF

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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