Oh No I Killed a Bee!!!

kaianni By kaianni, 11th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3338m9pl/
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I am feeling guilty...did my choice to allow insecticides in my back yard kill this bee? There are some insects we of course do not want in our yards, but bees are foundational to life as we know it. If the plants don't get pollinated, where does that leave the rest of life?

The Dead Bee

I was inside working on the computer when I heard my daughter yell “Mom, come quick! There is a dead bee out here!” I got up and went out, grabbing my camera on the way. Sure enough, poor thing was lying dead on its back on the kids old sandbox cover. I immediately felt guilty. We had an overwhelming amount of spiders last year, so much so that the webs just were everywhere and I had not time to go out and constantly knock them down. They probably were harmless garden spiders, but my kids play out there and I did not want them getting bit by a spider just playing in the garden. So I broke down and asked the landlord to go ahead and set up a pest control plan which they offered. Now, here I am looking at this poor bee feeling like a murderer. I have no idea if it was the pesticides that killed it or not, but still.

I do understand we need to control pests in our environment or they become overwhelming and possibly can threaten our health or even our houses very foundation in the case of termites. It is sad to me that we cannot live harmoniously with nature, to not have to kill any of it. Life is always a tradeoff isn’t it?

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Bee, Bees, Dead, Death, Insect, Insecticides, Pests

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I am a freelance graphic designer, Academy of Art University student, mother, and photographer. I write poetry, fiction, and about photography, life and love.

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author avatar Kevin1877uk
12th Aug 2013 (#)

Unfortunately Bee are dying and they don't know why they are. Lets hope they don't died out all together because that means no use, the human race.

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author avatar Kevin1877uk
12th Aug 2013 (#)

Sorry my selling on this post, "us" and "die"

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author avatar kaianni
12th Aug 2013 (#)

Yes, that is another reason I feel so bad if this one was a victim of the pesticides they are spraying.

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author avatar kaianni
12th Aug 2013 (#)

No worries, Kevin! I know what you meant. :) I get typing so fast I am surprised I don't make more mistakes!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Aug 2013 (#)

Yes bees are valuable, so are spiders (they kill termites you know) and even ants are important pollinators. We must try to live in harmony with them. I am sure that we look like pests to them too.

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author avatar kaianni
12th Aug 2013 (#)

I agree, Mark. I am thinking I should just ask them to stop spraying. The ants are still alive out there, I don't mind them unless they come inside. I don't think we have termites anyway, it was just spider overwhelm with webs everywhere. A little more broom work, though, and I could have solved the problem I guess! There are a ton of bees that swarm the trumpet flowers on our fence, so not all are suffering.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Aug 2013 (#)

nice indeed kaianni...I tell insects that they can stay around as long as I do not have to see them..."hide yourselves when I am around!"

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Aug 2013 (#)

We all know we have to live in harmony with other species but we make trade-offs at times! siva

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author avatar kaianni
12th Aug 2013 (#)

Carolina I do wish they would listen ;) The bees I do not mind, I love taking pictures of them and I am very grateful for their work!

Siva, yes, I guess it just is what it is at this point!

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