I love bees! When I was small, our yard was hedged by Rose of Sharon bushes, and my father would carry me out so that I could see the Bee’s. Consequently, my very first word was “BEES” and apparently, I demanded to be taken out for daily visits. Even though the bushes were covered with these amazing pollinators, I was never stung.
As I grew, my yard became my playground, and as it was blanketed in clover, dandelions, and all manner flowers and fruit trees, and I, being unable to keep shoes on my feet, was frequently stung. However, I absolve the bees of any liability, as I regularly stepped on them, or inadvertently handled them along with whatever fruit or flower I had just picked.
I love to be out in nature and there is nothing I enjoy more that seeing and capturing photos of my little friends busily pollinating and replenishing the world.
I am saddened by reports of the decline in numbers of Bees, and so I thought I would share some amazing facts in the hopes that we will all be more aware and proactive in the preservation of this vital creature.
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Approximately one third of the food we eat is the result of honey bee pollination.
Honey is the only foodstuff that contains all of the necessary nutrients to sustain life.
Honey is the only known source of the antioxidant pinocembrin.
A single bee will produce only about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
Honey has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Bees pollinate almost 90% of our flowering plants and 70% of 124 of the world’s main crops.
In the United States, bees pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality.
George Washington is quoted as saying, “It was the cackling geese that saved Rome, but it was the bees that saved America.”
Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
THERE ARE CURRENTLY 29 SPECIES OF BEES IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION!