In response to the issue concerning a massive drop in bee population, hive owners from all over the state, came to their aid. Be the bee that makes a difference and plant more flowers. This seems to be the message heard from all the bee keepers out there when it comes to bee conservation.
But, in order to see how we can give a helping hand to the busy bee, we should be aware about a couple of fact concerning the buzzing pollinator. Bees are considered to be flying insects and they are closely related to ants and wasps. We know for a fact that a bee is a pollinator, meaning that it plays a crucial role in a plant’s reproduction. The most common specie of bee is the European Honey Bee, known to produce goodies like honey and beeswax.
Most of the bees, such as the bumblebees and the stingless bees are social critters. They tend to live in large colonies, where they attend to lots of duties. The bee’s main source of food is pollen, which they gather from plants with the aid of a few collector satchels, situated on their back legs. Pollen is an important source of protein, both for them and for their larvae.
Bee hiving, meaning the art of growing beehives in captivity is known to us from the dawn of time. It would seem that its origin can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Egypt. For millennia, humans kept large numbers of bee families in specially designed enclosures known as beehives. From this enclosures, the beekeeper harvest products such as honey, beeswax, honeycombs, propolis, pollen and royal jelly.
According to several studies in biology, it would seem that the mere bee is responsible of creating some of the most popular vegetables out there, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and eggplants. So, be the bee that makes the difference and give a little hand to the little flying critter, because, it would seem that it literally laid food on your table.
Pollination is not only good for our sweet tooth, but for the plants as well. Regular pollination and cross-pollinations are two phenomena known to ensure that the plants are always healthy and fit for consumption.
Maybe we cannot match the bee’s tenacity when it comes to carry out certain tasks like pollination, protection, feeding their offspring and ensuring survival during the winter, but we sure can make an effort to protect the little critters by planting more flower in our garden.