Consider that every third bite of food is the result of pollination by bees.
Honey bees have provided us with honey and beeswax and other hive products.
Commercial uses have produced a large beekeeping industry, but many species still occur in the wild.
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Let's Break It Down To Basics
Bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food you eat, according to the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences.
This means that bees pollinate one-third of all the food we eat!
If you let the fact above sink in a bit, it's mind boggling!
Without bees, we wouldn't be able to bite into those big juicy ruby red strawberries in early summer, or get some strawberry shortcake at the county fair!
We wouldn't have onion rings, chili powder to make chili, cashew nuts, watermelon, cherries, avocados, or mustard to spread on our hotdog!
We wouldn't even have black-eyed peas and cabbage eat on New Year's Day for good luck and riches!
Bottom line, our menu would be rather boring without bees.
Honey bees quite literally feed the world, not just with their delicious honey, but with all the many crops they pollinate.
Given all they give us, don't we owe it to them to them to figure out why and help them recover?
Don't we owe it to ourselves to protect these food allies?
Beekeeping is a hobby (or profession) that helps to keep our honey bee populations growing.
Some critics suggest that beekeepers only keep certain species of bee populations growing.
However, this isn't true. Think about it.
When the honey bees that beekeepers raise go out and pollinate all the flowers in the neighborhood, they are doing a good service to the native bee species too.
Why is this true?
It's because pollinating the flowers of all the different plants helps these plants thrive and grow even more flowers next season not only for the honey bees beekeepers raise but also for all their native cousins as well.
There's nothing so much fun as piling the kids in the car on a beautiful summer day and going berry picking!
As we forage through the woods, eating more than what we save, we listen to bird song and maybe even see a wild deer or a mysterious set of paw prints we can't fully identify.
We connect with nature through foraging.
The sensation we feel and taste as we plop a perfectly vine ripened berry in our mouth and get that burst of sweetness is thanks to the mighty honey bee!
Honey bees cross pollinate berries, making them large, plump, sweet, and juicy.
Without the pollination the honey bee provides, all that would be left to grow on the vine would be a shriveled up hard nubs that look like mutated berries and lack all flavor.
So, the next time you go berry picking, be sure to thank the honey bee you saw buzzing around on the same vine the month before!
It was her pollination that gave you that incredible berry!
Were the Beach Boys Singing About Bees?
"I'm pickin' up good vibrations...She's giving me excitations"
It turns out that honey bees don't have to actually touch pollen or physically transfer pollen to another flower to help with pollination.
The buzzing vibrations they create in the air around the flowers evidently help the flowers to collect more pollen out of the wind! In fact, some greenhouses have "buzzing vibrations" machines to help their tomatoes hybridize!
Some beekeepers claim that the buzzing vibrations they get when they're near the hive helps clear their mind and calm their spirit.
Worker bees are the only bees that most people ever see.
These bees are all females that are not sexually developed.
Worker bees forage for food, build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings.
They feed and care for the Queen, feed the baby honeybees and perform many other functions in the cycle of its short life.
Drones are the male bee.
Their only purpose is to leave the hive to mate with the queens.
Several hundred drones live in each hive during the spring and summer.
They leave the hive to mate with the queens, then, they are expelled for the winter months when the food is limited.
The drones have not any purpose in the hive after the hot summer months as they are not needed.
The Queen's job is — laying the eggs that will develop the hive's next generation of bees.
There is usually only a single queen in a hive, but there have been more than one per hive but not often.
If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the worker females a special diet of a food called "royal jelly."
This elixir enables the worker to develop into a fertile queen.
Queens also regulate the hive's activities by producing chemicals that guide the behavior of the other bees.
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