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Bees

posted: 04/29/14
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Bees (Honey)
Irinia Tischenko/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm the Honeybee!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Fields and gardens in North America. We thrive on lots of vegetation and floral landscape.

What I Like to Eat: Flower pollen and nectar. The queens, and only the queens, eat the royal jelly (a milky substance made of digestive pollen). This food source is what accounts for the queen's substantial size.

Betcha Didn't Know: We provide great value in the form of pollination - the practice when pollen from the anthers of a flower is transferred to the stigma of the same flower or another flower. The purpose is to fertilize the flower allowing it to plant seeds. We are responsible for 80% of pollination by insects. What does that mean for you? If we didn't pollinate the flowers, it would affect your fruit and vegetable supply.

Queen "Bey" Beyonce Has Nothing on Us: Each hive only has one Queen Bee. There's only room for one diva in this bunch and all the bees cater to her needs. The royal jelly turns our queens into the powerhouse they are. Queens can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day and are in charge of all of the worker bees.

Who We Are: We are the most familiar kind of bee and find that people either really love us or really hate us. If you are a beekeeper or enthusiast, you treasure our beauty and our contributions to the agriculture world. If you are in your back yard playing or swimming, after seeing us you can't get away fast enough. We are not an aggressive bee unless we are defending our colony or hive, but many folks don't believe this.

The Honey: What is our ultimate purpose? Taking nectar, the sweet fluid that is found in flowers, and turning it into the honey that you eat and cook with.

Kiss of Death: If you do find yourself on the receiving end of one of our stings, nine times out of ten, you'll live. But, we won't. A worker honey bee can only sting once, and dies after it does. Conversely, queen honey bees have several stings in them.

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