At a recent family gathering, we were all enjoying the peace of our backyard — birds twittering as they visited the feeders and suet cakes, butterflies and bees flitting from flower to flower — until my granddaughter yelped and ran, afraid she would get stung. But she’s only 9, so a knee-jerk reaction is allowed.

Our sons still tease me about a time that I thought some bees buzzing loudly inside the garage sounded angry, so I ran inside, slammed the door shut and locked it. I was a lot older than 9. Tsk-tsk; it was not a good example to set for the kiddos!

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Thx Maritta for this informative, accessible (and enjoyable!) column on such a crucially important subject. I always look forward to reading your columns! ✌️😜👍 Wonderful photo too. 🥰


“She only stings if she feels threatened.” My motto.


I realize honeybees & bumble bees are pollinators. Are wasps & hornet bees of any use for the garden?


Wasps pollinate and control harmful insects in the garden.

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