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Bumble Bees
« on: March 23, 2007, 04:15:14 PM »
Did you know there is a bumble bee the you can catch and not get stung. The way to tell is the bee has a yellow spot on his head. You can have lots of fun with this.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2007, 06:08:35 PM »
Yeah , but don't confuse with a yellow back or you will regret it. Also note some bees bite. they don't sting it may not be as painful but it will be a surprise.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2007, 07:51:59 PM »
since there are a few words about stinging and the tread seem "desirable", i got stung today by a bee i was trying to rescue. well usually i just say to myself "gotta get used to being sting" but since it was the palm i said i'll give the heat a go, so i heated up a nails had with a lighter and pressed it against the sting on my palm, of course you have to press it in the way you don't get burned. anyway, NO pain at all, NO swealing NO nothing! it really works the best. the heat is supposed to destroy vitamin A or some-the ingredient of bee-venom!, try it, try gettin stung on purpose and try this method if you don't believe!

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2007, 12:45:52 PM »
http://weeds.cropsci.uiuc.edu/images/Broadleafplantain/images/broadleaf%20plantain.jpg

I crush some of this and put it on the sting.  I don't know of anything better.  Next best are things like tobbaco, asprin, or any "drawing" poultice.

I haven't tried the heat but the plantain is instantaneous.
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2007, 09:05:59 PM »
I got the impression that bumblebees don't sting.  Maybe I am wrong.

Michael, ah the plantain.  I use plantain for every kind of insect bite.  It is powerful medicine, crushing the leaves and rub it on spots that are affected by bites.  I was brought up on the power of many natural remedies.

And colloidal silver water works to relieve the pain from stinging nettle vine encounters too.  Best of the day.  Cindi
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2007, 09:08:01 PM »
Cindi,
Yes some bumblebees do sting. Repeatedly and with big nasty stingers. It is always advisable to be very careful dealing with any bee.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2007, 09:17:09 PM »
Brendhan, oh no!!!  Man was I far off.  Great days.  Cindi
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2007, 11:22:46 PM »
I used to catch something similiar to what papabear is holding when I was much younger.  You could differentiate it from a bumblebee because it had a flatter looking tail.  I was told it was some kind of moth that resembled a bumblebee.  Same markings.  Haven't seen one in a long long time.  Did have fun with it though....everyone thought I was crazy for trapping a "bumblebee" in my hands.  They were easy to scoop off of flowers.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2007, 12:19:24 AM »
Here's a bumblebee sting story.

My Dad is a retired lineman (for the electric company not the football team).  One day they had to clear some brush around a transformer and ran into a nasty bumblebee nest.  He got stung quite a few times.   A guy he was working with was getting stung, jumped a fence to get away . . . when he got bit by the next door neighbor's dog.  Bumblebee stings are bad, but dogs turned out to be worse.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2007, 02:55:47 AM »
>And colloidal silver water works to relieve the pain from stinging nettle vine encounters too.

I've always used plantain for stinging nettles also.  It stops it instantly too.
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2007, 10:15:39 AM »
Excellent, good to know so many things about the plantain.  It would be interesting to google plantain and to discover what the active ingredient in it is.  Best of this beautiful day.  Cindi
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2007, 11:23:29 PM »
This is sorta off topic, but has anyone tried bumble bee honey?  I know their hives are really small and probably dont produce much honey, but I've always been really curious.  :-)

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2007, 11:55:53 PM »
I always used baking soda and water mixed for my stings

Bumblebee honey now that would be something I would try :-D

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2007, 01:43:24 AM »
Braken fern juice also works on stinging nettles.  It is also known as wild asparagus.
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2007, 01:47:19 AM »
Braken fern juice also works on stinging nettles.  It is also known as wild asparagus.
We have that growing wild around my place.  Does it taste like asparagus?  Is it safe to eat?  lol

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2007, 11:31:17 AM »
i think you'd have to kill a nest in order to get that little honey, really little, they don't store it, well they do but such small ammounst that it's almost not worth mentioning.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2007, 12:05:17 PM »
i think you'd have to kill a nest in order to get that little honey, really little, they don't store it, well they do but such small ammounst that it's almost not worth mentioning.
I know it might sound sick, but it's almost worth killing their little hive just to give it a taste... just once...   ;)
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2007, 12:20:57 PM »
nah, not sick, but cruel.
i know it doesn't make any difference to you, or to anyone but i'm pretty sure it tastes the same as honeybee honey, i would just assume it's thiner.

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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2007, 12:22:55 PM »
nah, not sick, but cruel.
i know it doesn't make any difference to you, or to anyone but i'm pretty sure it tastes the same as honeybee honey, i would just assume it's thiner.
Yeah, you're right.  Who knows?  :-)  I guess we'll never find out.  Still would be interesting to try.  :-)  Hmm..
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Re: Bumble Bees
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2007, 10:44:33 PM »
Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I dug up some bumblebees.  The honey is in small marble sized pouches, almost leathery.  Probably made of plant material, some secretions or something.  As I recall, it was like most other honey, but darn little of it.  And they made me pay dearly for every drop of it.  I can clearly remember them moving right up my arms stinging me over and over.  When they sting, it draws blood.  I decided they were more for admiring their colors and enjoying watching than to fool with.