May 20, 2020 | by: aprilzwicker

Help the Bees!

Today is World Bee Day – a great 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 threats 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.

There are some ways you can help the bees:

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 we consider weeds are considered 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.

If you don’t have a garden, that’s okay. It could be a single flowering plant on your step or patio. Every little bit helps! 

Some fun facts on bees:
*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
For more fun facts on bees; click here.

They’re at it again! Cheerios is offering free packages of sunflower seeds to help the bees. Get yours here;  up to 4 packs per household!

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

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