Save the Bees is a saying that many people say and or post about on social media. But why is it really important to “Save the Bees”. Did you know without bees pollinating gardens, farms, orchards, etc we would reduce produce in our grocery store by 1/3rd.
Approximately one-third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination. Some crops pollinated are cucumbers, almonds, carrot seed, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, pluots, seed alfalfa, cantaloupe, seed onions, avocados, kiwi, blueberries, cranberries, etc. (ABF). How many of these produce items do you enjoy consuming in fresh produce or even processed?
Did you know: the peak population of a colony of honey bees is usually at mid-summer (after spring build-up) and results in 60,000 to 80,000 bees per colony. A good, prolific queen can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day. (ABF). Here is also some information that are important:
- Queen: Mother to all the bees in the colony. She is a fertile female.
- Worker: An infertile female that performs the labor tasks of the colony including feed preparation; guarding the hive; feeding the queen, drones and brood; and heating and cooling the hive. They will only sting if they feel threatened, which is very rare.
- Drone: The male that starts out as an unfertilized egg. Its only purpose in the colony is to mate with a virgin queen. They live to mate with the queen, but not more than one in a thousand get the opportunity to mate. (ABF)
Therefor in reality the honeybee hive is ran and up kept by female bees! The hive is so very structured and runs like a well oiled machine.
What is the take away about honeybees? They are very important in encouraging healthy pollination on our planet. As well as there are ways you can encourage a healthy hive to stay sustained. In my personal opinion if every American were to put a small honeybee hive, pollination attracting flowers, sugar water, and other habitats then the Bee Population will increase. Leave a comment on how you think we can encourage a healthy bee population in the future.
More information can be found at: https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/plant-a-bee-garden/ or purchase books to read to a classroom at https://www.dmsfulfillment.com/FarmBureau/DMSStore/Product/ProductDetail/20146
Blog 1. 2019