World Honeybee Day
August 15th has been named World Honeybee Day and this is a day when we raise awareness to the benefits and environmental needs of honey bees.
The worker bees travels from plant to plant collecting pollen in their pollen sacs and transfer this pollen from flower to flower. This process pollinates countless fruits, vegetables, and nuts around the world.
They also produce honey from the nectar they collect on their travels. It takes nectar from about 2 million flowers and 55,000 miles of bee flight to produce one pound of honey.
Honey has many benefits to our health and our skin. It is full of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Here are some other fun bee facts :
A honeybee will only produce about 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its life time.
A honeybee does a dance called “the waggle” and scientist think this dance shows the other bees in the hive where to go find the nectar and pollen in relation to the sun.
Humans have been collecting honey from bees as early as 6000 B.C.
Bees can see colors and are more likely to land on flowers that are yellow, blue, or purple.
Some ways you can observe World Honeybee Day include:
*spread some wildflower seeds to encourage more pollinators
*buy local honey
*visit a beekeeper
*replace your sweetener with honey for the day
*buy local honey and honey based gifts!