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#20 Buzz Goes the Bee

When we think about bees, all we can think about is honey or getting stung by them; but seldom do we realise how important bees are for us, and the environment. Nearly one-third of the crops in the world depend on bees for pollination. Bees are an important part of the food chain. They are important for the fruits and the vegetables we eat, as they pollinate all those crops. For example, if there were no bees to take pollen from one apple tree to the other, there would be no apples for us to eat!

Can you imagine a world without bees? A world without bees would be a world without nuts, fruits, seeds, vegetables, and also pretty flowers. All the nutritious fruits and vegetables we eat, like cherries, apples, blueberries, the cool cucumbers, pumpkins, broccoli, avocado, and most of all the leafy green vegetables would not be there without bees. In short, most of the interesting food we eat would be unavailable.

The absence of bees would also mean no honey. A word without bees would be a world with low biodiversity (the number of different plant and animal species found in a certain unit area).

How do the bees work?

We often use the term Busy Bee for a person who’s extremely busy with work! This term originates because the Bees are very hard working and busy creatures, they fly from flower to flower, sipping nectar with the help of a special tongue that helps them suck the nectar and a crop in their throat where they store this nectar till they get back to their hive. This nectar is later turned into honey. While sucking the nectar they also collect grains of pollen in their body and when they fly to another flower in search of more nectar, they drop some pollen there and a seed starts to grow. New plants are born from that seed and these plants produce vegetables, nuts or fruits. This process is known as pollination. Even though there are other pollinators (creatures or factors that help in pollination), like the wind, bats, butterflies or hummingbirds, Bees are known to be the best pollinator.

Honeybees and bumblebees live in hives or colonies and they work together as a team. While the Queen Bee lays the eggs, the workers care for the larvae, collect the food, and also build the honeycomb.

Did you know that whole colonies of bees are dying every year? If we don’t take action then we’ll soon be living in a bee-less world! Factors like parasites, poor weather conditions, pesticides etc. are responsible for the decrease in the bee population.

FUN FACT 

A single bee is capable of collecting enough nectar to make 1/12 teaspoon of honey!

What are some of the steps we can take to save the bees?




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 Plant light coloured flowering plants which attract the bees.
 Have plants like the bee-balm, lavender, buttercup, showy stonecrop etc. in our balconies or gardens.
 Do not have plants like catmint, oregano, sage, and alfalfa which attract hornets and wasps.
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TEAM EXPLORE: There are things you can do to save the bees, like having plants like the bee-balm, lavender, buttercup, showy stonecrop etc. in your balconies or gardens. You should also avoid the use of pesticides in your garden. Remember: No bees. No honey.

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