The garden bumblebee is distinguished by its long tongue used for feeding on pollen in deep-flowered plants
Two local councillors are seeking the support of their colleagues to have the humble Garden Bumblebee designated Kilkenny's 'County Insect'.
Noting the bee's appropriate black and amber 'attire' and its importance to biodiversity, Councillors Malcolm Noonan (Green Party) and Pat Dunphy (Fine Gael) have a Notice of Motion on the agenda for the July meeting of Kilkenny County Council.
The meeting takes place on Monday, and the Notice of Motion reads: "That Kilkenny County Council would designate the Garden Bumble Bee (Bombus Hortorum) as our County Insect. In doing so we will endeavour to collaborate with communities, business and farmers to conserve, enhance, create and protect habitats for all bees and insects across County Kilkenny and to work with the National Biodiversity Data Centre with the support of Kilkenny Heritage Forum to monitor and evaluate the state of the population of all bumblebees and honeybees within the county through the implementation at local community level of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
"This motion recognises that this black and amber bee should be synonymous with Kilkenny but also the important economic, social and environmental function of bees and biodiversity in general to society, to our collective future on this planet and towards the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in particular Goal 15 related to ‘Life on Land’."