May 20, 2021 | by: aprilzwicker

Celebrating the BEE!

Today is World Bee Day! It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our friends, the bees! Did you know that bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans?

You may have heard that over the past few years, bees are in danger. One of the largest threat is a lack of a safe habitat, where they can build homes and find a variety of food sources. They’re losing habitat all over the world for various reasons; including monoculture-based farming (only growing one crop), pristine green lawns (that have no flowers), and the use of chemicals & pesticides, among other things.

So…how can your help? 

Plant bee friendly flowers & plants:
Including lilacs, lavender, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, sunflowers, poppies, black-eyed Susan, &  mint.

Leave the weeds:
Clover and dandelions, and other wildflowers are some of the most important food sources for bees!

Don’t use chemicals & pesticides to treat your lawn or gardens
They can cause damage to the honeybees systems.

You’ve heard of bird baths, how about a bee bath?
Bees need fresh clean water. It could be as simple as a shallow bowl with some water &  rocks (for the bees to land on) in it. Make sure it keep it fresh and clean.

Now, if you live in an apartment, and don’t have a garden, that’s okay. It could be a single flowering plant on your step or patio. Every little bit helps!

 

And if you haven’t yet; send away for your free packs of sunflowers from Cheerios! You can get up to 4 packages per address. Here’s the link for that.

How much do you know about bees? Here are some fun facts:
-All worker bees are female
-Bee species have different tongue lengths that adapt to different flowers
-Bees have good color vision. They especially like blue, purple, violet, white and yellow
-A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime
-There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world

The takeaway here, is that bees are our friends, so be kind to them, they help feed you!

Sources:
queenofthesun.com
thehoneybeeconservancy.org
beesmatter.ca
cheerios.ca/bringbackthebees/