colony collapse. so many honeybees gone. can we live without honey? yes, we can live without a lot of things but at some point we’ll wonder if we want to.

we lean on the honeybee, depend on the honeybee to pollinate our crops and gardens. in the U.S., however, there are 4,000 species of indigenous bees; honeybees are immigrants. nothing wrong with immigrants but if they become a single failure point, planning becomes necessary.

some native bees have been shown to be two or three times as efficient pollinators as honeybees. (it was on the internet!) native bees give us some hope if colony collapse continues.

hope but not a complete solution if honeybees are lost. for example, honeybees are mobile; they can be shifted from farm to farm. they’re used in the February California almond groves, when no native bees are around. more study to be done.

meanwhile, moths, butterflies, and bats also pollinate.

moths in the nighttime
when not distracted by light
find the blooms they want

for dVerse Haibun Monday


“It’s a gray area.”

“How is wrong a gray area? Wrong is black, not white.”

“Sometimes wrong should be right. Sometimes what’s right is wrong.”

“For you, it’s all gray.¬† You don’t know what’s right or wrong. For you, it’s all should, not is. Facts are facts. True is true.”

“I don’t believe that and I’m scared. If everything is gray, there’s no contrast. Something bad could be sneaking up on you.”

moon casts no color
gleam of deer eye wide for light
gray shadow gray wolf


For Haibun Monday