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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

May 13, 2005

Boomer of the gardens

I just ordered this book about bumblebees. There aren't many books about them because, basically people don't really notice them much. I have one guide to bumblebees that went out of print some years ago. As far as I know there has never been a proper fieldguide before.

It seems odd to me that people don't take notice of bumblebees. They're furry and brightly coloured.

And it's a shame because like several other creatures they are on their way out. So this book is probably a good thing.

Bumblebees aren't like honey bees: they don't swarm as such, and they keep themselves to themselves, making small underground nests. But they pollinate all our flowers just the same.

And one of the commonest species has a scientific name of bombus hortensis, which is latin for "garden boomer" (because of the loud hum it makes when it flies). I think that's great.

But there is a sad thing about bumblebees. Simply, they don't belong in the modern world and are in catastrophic decline. And it's always the way with these things. You take them for granted as always being around until one day you realise it's an awful long time since you last saw one.

There are many other such cases. All of these animals were very very common when I was a child, but ask yourself when you last saw one....
Water voles (near every canal or pond)
House sparrows (remember that familiar "chirrup" sound whenever you went outside?)
Wall butterflies
Small Heath Butterflies.

Gone now.


  • Now that's comedy.

    Yeah, no you're right though. But insects are scary and alien. See, if you'd posted something about wasps being endangered, I'd have said, "Good." But Bee Bumble and the Stingers are kind of fat and hopeless enough to get some sympathy.

    We've got some nice wildlife near us. Owls, woodpeckers, cats, dogs, goldfish, dead badgers, and I even saw a fawn the other day on our road.

    Missed it though.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 5:32 am  

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