|Honey Bee on a Cotoneaster plant outside my house|
Already you'll know that this post is about bees. I see them in a lot of places but I admit I am a little afraid of them. :'( But I know they only sting if they feel they are being attacked and so it`s best to stay as calm as possible around them...
I will mostly be focusing on Honeybees in today's post and there might be more parts to this post.
So, here are the facts:
- The most obvious fact about Honeybees is that, well, they make honey. They do this through a relatively complicated process which you can see below:
- They firstly visit some flowers and collect a sticky, sugary liquid called nectar from the blossom by sucking it out with their tongues.
- They store it in a place called their honey stomach which is actually different to their normal stomach.
- When they have a full load they fly back to the hive where they pass it to other worker bees who chew it for around half an hour.
- It keeps getting passed from bee to bee until it eventually becomes honey. They then store it in honeycombs made of wax.
- Finally, when the honey is ready, they seal the cell with a wax lid to keep it clean.
- A Honeybee's wings beat around 200 times per second! For one it makes a lovely zwerring (Springwatch viewers will know) sound and it also allows them to fly as fast as 15 miles per hour and they can fly around 6 miles!
- It would only take 1 ounce of honey to fuel a bee's trip around the whole world but this could never happen because, as I mentioned above, they can only fly 6 miles.
- The Great British Countryside. Rolling green fields, crops of livestock. But was it always this way? Until recently it used to bee (;-) much more colourful. It came erumpent (Springwatch again ;-) with wild flowers yearly but as we now have more pressure on the land there are much more crops and much less wild flowers.
- What's the result of this? The flowers are food to bees and as there's a lot less, there are less bees and two species actually became extinct because of this.
- To save them you can do a number of things like putting sugary water in a bowl out for them and planting precious wild flowers in your garden as well as not worrying if a bee is around you because if you panic and wave your arms about they might think they`re being threatened and so might sting you and then they die :-(
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,