Things may be far from normal right now, but trees are blossoming, green shoots are sprouting, and birds are still busy building their nests. While people are being encouraged to restrict their movements, this is ironically the time of year that bumble bees start to emerge from hibernation.
From nurturing our bee friendly wildflower garden to running a sustainable business that has a positive ecological impact, Attic Self Storage are determined to make the world a better place for every living creature.
God Save The Queen
The UK is home to more than 250 species of bee, including 24 different types of bumble bee. As the temperature gets warmer, queen bumble bees are now waking up and seeking nectar to feed on before finding a suitable nest site. Having already mated before they hibernated, they’ll soon lay their first brood of eggs, which will produce female worker bees – by early summer they’ll be living in a nest made up of a queen and female workers only.
As summer progresses, the queen lays eggs which hatch into a new generation of queen bees and male drones. The colony eventually leaves the nest and mates, with the young queens gorging on nectar and pollen to build up fat in their bodies. The old queen, the male drones and the female workers die off, leaving the new queens to hibernate alone underground, with their vital fat stores helping them survive through the winter. And so the cycle begins again each spring.
Get Closer To Nature
At a time when we’re meant to be avoiding social gatherings and distancing ourselves from others, it’s nice to know that a few familiar friends will soon be visiting. If you have a garden, a balcony or are able to take a walk outside, keep your eyes open for:
Red-tailed bumble bees. Females have a black body and a red tail, while the larger males have yellow on their faces and thorax. The queens should start waking up and getting active around now.
7-spot ladybirds. These familiar red insects have three spots on each wing case and a seventh spot in the middle, behind the head. The adults spend the winter in a dormant state, often sheltering in groups under tree bark. They start to appear from the end of February, looking for food and a mate, so keep an eye open for them.
Brimstone butterflies. They are a yellowy green colour with an orange spot on each wing. One of only a few butterfly species to hibernate as an adult, they can live for as long as a year. Because brimstones are already adults when they wake in spring, they are active early in the year, before the end of May.
Life Goes On
We may be living through a public health crisis and an economic emergency, but the world will continue to turn.
Foxes will still give birth to their cubs in late March, swallows will fly back to the UK in the summer and the wildflower garden at Attic Self Storage in Bow will soon be a riot of colour and insect activity again. The natural world is a great source of solace and inspiration in times of trouble.
Just to reassure you – our clean, safe, secure, eco-friendly premises at King’s Cross and Bow are open for business as usual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll let you know right away if anything changes.
In the meantime, please take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and the planet.