Happy May - BEE Buzz

16.05.22 05:16 PM By Charmaine

May 2022 - BEE Buzz

May is a wonderful month - Mother's Day, Victoria Day, More Sunshine, Time to Plant and so much more.

This month I am sharing a little bit about BEEs and share some information on BEE Your Possibilities Networking.

BEE Bits

When you think of bees, what kind do you think of?  

I think of honey bees, bumble bees and yellow jackets that are actually wasps.  In Ontario there are at least 400 different types of bees.  

Honey bees are not even native to Ontario.  They were brought to North America for crop pollination and honey production. 

Native bees are our major pollinators and their behaviour is often different from honey bees. So what is the difference between all of these bees. 

Five of those different types of bees in Ontario include:

Bumble Bees:                           

This is the one I am most familiar with.  Bumble Bees are social - like honey bees.  That means they live together in a community and they will band together in a swarm.  The colonies have only one queen and many female worker bees.  Females Bumble Bees live together in a hive where they make wax honey “Pots” that are like little wax barrels full of honey. Quite different from the honeycomb of honey bees and only enough for their own use. 

Carpenter Bees:                           

... are large solitary bees that look similar to bumble bees.  They drill into wood siding to make nests, or they take advantage of dead standing trees instead. They do not eat the wood.  The circular holes they drill create tunnels weakening the wood and over time causing structural damage.  Carpenter bees do not sting. 

Leaf-cutter Bees:                                                      

... make their nests in small tunnels in wood.  They are medium size bees, like honey bees with a distinctive yellow belly usually coated with pollen. They cut young leaves to pack into the tunnels creating a cigar-shaped space for pollen and eggs.  When the eggs hatch, the young eat the pollen gathered by the adults.  These solitary bees will sting if handled but the sting is not as painful as that of a honeybee or a bumble bee. 

Mining Bees:

Dig burrows in the ground. These burrows may look like ant hills with a larger hole for bees to fly in and out of.  They pack their burrows with balls of pollen and lay on egg on each ball to supply feed for the bee larva.  They do have stingers but the stingers cannot do much harm to human skin.

Sweat Bees:                           

On hot summer days, sweat bees may visit you.  They like the salt in your sweat and will land on your arms to drink it.  They do sting if disturbed. They build their nests on bare, dry dirt.  You may find them between thr rows in your garden where plant cover has been removed.  To keep them away from you in summer, keep the ground covered and the peppermint plant is a great pest deterrent.   Interestin fact: Toronto has an official bee - the green metallic sweat bee.  

BEE Your Possibilities Networking - April Meeting

Build, Educate and Empower your business 

Our April meeting was another great meeting.  We had a behind the scenes look at Facebook Pages presented by Jocelyne Desautels. The overview has been laid out as it is in the agenda of our monthly two-hour meeting.  

Business Building

Behing the Scenes with Facebook Pages

What a lively discussion and question and answer segment with Jocelyne.  Some of the take-aways include:

  • Manage your page and keep it up-to-date
  • Post as yourself on your business page so more people will see it
  • Share your page - with everyone - invite your contacts to like it
  • When you accept a friend request, invite them to your business page
  • Have a co-administrator for each page

Thank you Jocelyne for sharing such valuable information.  

The Business Buzz

Brenda Toth shared with us the value and importance of the Melaleuca Shopping Club. She focused on the environmentally friendly aspects and on the money we can save with these products.  Hand and body lotion, environmentally friendly dishwasher solutions, vitamins and nutrients, hair and body care, and the list goes on.  Great products and savings for you - and the planet. 

Business Challenge

April's Business Challenge was How to Find Clients!

The group discussed a number of important possibilities.

  • Networking groups and the importance of follow-ups
  • LinkedIn and Facebook as well as other social media to keep your name in front of prospects
  • Relationship building:  thank you cards, sharing messages that connect, loving posts, commenting on then, forwarding and sharing them
  • Mini courses - in person and or online
It was a producting and encouraging discussion

BEE Take Aways

When asked what they were taking away, here are some of the answers

  • Too many to count - especially information about Facebook
  • The Community Tab in Facebook pages
  • Information about What's App
  • Jocelyn's Passion

Our BEE Your Possibilities Networking meetings always surprise me.  We fill the whole two hours and there are always valuable take-aways.

Consider joining us at our next BEE meeting. Watch for the current month registration link on the BEE Your Possibilities Facebook Page. 

BEE Your Possibilities Facebook Page