All about bees, our precious pollinators


By Catherine Haug, May 5, 2018 (Photo, right, from Bug Guide (5))

I’ve written many posts about the plight of bees, and how to help our native mason bees by providing homes for them. But I’ve not written much about these amazing animals. I hope to correct that by bringing your attention to an article by a British blogger, Clive Harris, who requested I provide a link to his post: The Ultimate Guide to British Bees: How to Protect Their Declining Population (1). While he writes from Britain, we have many of the same bees including honey bees, bumblebees and other ground-dwelling bees, and mason bees. He also goes into a lot of detail about bees:

  • An amazing video about the waggle dance;
  • How do bees make honey and beeswax?
  • How do bees help the garden?
  • What’s the difference between bees and wasps?
  • 4 things you can do to help bees.

His is a long post, but full of lots of great information – share with your kids/grandkids! See Reference (1), below.

Below I include:

  • 3 videos about the waggle dance, and how scientists discovered it’s meaning;
  • List of prior articles on The EssentiaList about bees, including John Holbrook’s articles on mason bees and bee motels;
  • References

Waggle Dance Videos

Here’s the link to the 2-minute waggle dance video, featuring Professor Adam Hart, included in Clive’s article (2):

And related videos

Smithsonian, 2 minutes (3):

Georgia Tech 7 minutes (4). This one provides the most detail about how the meaning of the dance was discovered, and how the bees get the information for their dance:

Other ESP articles about bees:

Links to John Holbrook’s articles on mason bees and bee motels:

A great debt of gratitude is owed to John who dedicated the latter years of his life to protecting bees. Thank you, John.

Links to other articles on protecting and helping bees:


  1. The Ultimate Guide to British Bees: How to Protect Their Declining Population by Clive Harris:
  2. Prof. Adam Hart’s video:
  3. Smithsonian video:
  4. Georgia Tech video:
  5. Bug Guide photo:


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