Top 10 Facts About Bees

Top 10 Facts About Bees

While they may be small, bees’ special relationship with plants makes them hugely important to our planet. Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and — most importantly — responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! But bees are in decline across the world. It is important that we understand the world of bees not only to help support them but also because it’s a fascinating example of our natural environment at work. As you’ll see below, there are plenty of reasons to be buzzing about nature’s hardest worker.

Did You Know?

Bee Friendly Gardening Products

All of our Plant Wellness products are derived from Mother Nature herself, which means they are safe for bees and beneficial insects! Arber Biologicals are able to differentiate between beneficial insects and detrimental pests by utilizing a bacteria that makes several types of compounds that upon contact, stops feeding, molting, and reproduction of the pests. In several studies, our scientists fed our bee friendly insecticide at high doses to lacewings, honey bees, lady beetles, and parasitic wasps and effects on pollination of apples, citrus, and almonds showed no negative effects.

Bees Are Vital To The Food Chain

Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination.One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators. Crops that depend on pollination are five times more valuable than those that do not.

Where Do Bees Live?

Bees can be found living in so many locations, some surprising. Let’s list a few…marshes, shingle, sand dunes, soft cliffs, heathlands, wetlands, chalk grasslands, quarries, gravel pits, sea walls and even post-industrial land.

Bees Transportation System

Bees also rely on a transport system to get around. B-Lines are a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns that link existing wildlife areas together, creating a network that weaves across our landscape.

Bringing A Bee Back To Life

If you find a bee which appears to be struggling, the best thing to do is gently put the bee onto a bee-friendly flower. If there are no bee-friendly flowers around, mix 50/50 white sugar and water to give the bee a one-off energy boost, providing the carbohydrates it needs to fly. Simply offer a drop or two of sugar water up to the front end of the bee on a teaspoon or an upturned drinks cap in a sheltered place and allow the bee time to recuperate.

Gardening Tips That Help Bees

We can all do our bit to help bees whether that’s in our gardens, balconies, or window sills. Plant a range of flowers in your garden so bees have access to nectar from March to October. Bees love traditional cottage garden flowers and native wildflowers, like primrose, buddleia, and marigolds.

How Many Wings Do Bees Have?

The two wings each side hook together to form one larger pair when flying and then unhook when they’re not flying.

How Do Bees Communicate?

The principal communication among bees is through chemicals called pheromones.

Role Of Female Bees

The worker bees are female. These female worker bees will complete many complex jobs throughout their life, including tending to younger larvae, wax production, food storage, queen care, honey processing, undertaking foraging, guarding, and more!

How Many Bees In A Beehive?

An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees! That’s a lot of bees! So re-think before you swat or destroy any beehive that you may believe is a menace to your garden, neighborhood, or community.

Follow along at @growarber for more on plants, and get ready for a new focus each month as we dive deeper into the world of Mother Nature, and click here to enter our Arber Digs: Bees sweepstakes with Public Goods and Bee Downtown.
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