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What’s the Buzz on Bees?
According to Albert Einstein, if the bee disappears from the Earth, man would have no more than 4 years to live…
Let me bee factual with you on bees …
There’s a lot of information on bees out there, but I want to share with you some facts you may not know and will find interesting, especially how that relates to caring for your potted decorative plants.
There are about 25,000 know species. Broken down to types: bumble bees, honey bees, solitary bees to name a few. They belong to the insect order, along with wasps, ants and sawflies.
Albert’s saying, “if the bee disappears from the Earth, man would have no more than 4 years to live…” and here’s why ~
Honey Bees – around for millions of years
- are environmentally friendly and vital pollinators including your outdoor potted plants and flowers
- only insect that produces food eaten by man
- honey, the only food that includes all substances necessary to sustain life, including: enzymes, vitamins, minerals, water as well as an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning
- have six legs, 2 compound eyes, 3 simple eyes on top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch and a stomach
- have extraordinary odorant receptors, differentiating whether a flower (potted plants or not potted) carries pollen or nectar from meters away
- can fly up to 6 miles and as fast as 15 mph
- average worker bees produce 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
- visits 50-100 flowers during a collection trip
- colony consists of 20-60,000 honeybees and 1 Queen
- workers are female, do all the work and live up to 6 weeks
- Queen bee lives up to 5 years, lays about 2,500 eggs a day, controls whether she lays male or female eggs; if she fertilizes with stored sperm, eggs hatch as females where unfertilized hatch as males
- Males or “drones”, have no stinger and do not work at all; all they do is mating, when food source is scarce (winter), females force males out of the nest
- Workers have stingers and will sting if feeling threatened and then they die
- Honey bees communicate by dancing, also have a unique odor for each colony for member’s identification
That’s just facts for Honey Bees. BUT…why do we need them?
All bees are pollinators. They put food on our table. Along with birds, bats, beetles and butterflies, they transfer pollen and seeds from 1 flower to the next, which could be your potted decorative outdoor plants. Cross pollination helps at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our wild plants to survive.
Colony Collapse Disorder is causing bee populations to plummet, affecting agriculture and placing food at risk. Since 1990, more than 25% of the managed honey bee population has disappeared.
- Global warming – causing flowers to bloom earlier or later than normal
- Pesticide Use – honey bees, individually, are affected by toxic pesticides used to kill other insects and then infect the colony when they return.
- Habitat Loss – development, abandoned farms, gardens without flowers that welcome pollinators
- Parasites – such as harmful mites
Think of a world without beans, tomatoes, onions, fruit, carrots, vegetables, oilseeds and outdoor potted plants would be like? Livestock that depends on clover – where would they be? No human activity can even replace the work of bees and yet they are largely taken for granted.
How much is lost….by their loss? PROTECT THE BEES!!!