With Spring comes warm weather and with that comes beautiful flowers. Naturally, that brings about bees. So, before you swat those bees as you are out and about this season, here are some things to know about the Honeybee.
Did you know that:
- More than 100 agricultural crops in the U.S. are pollinated by honeybees? That’s right! The honeybee is critical to agriculture. So important, in fact, that one out of every three bites of food that people eat is thanks to honeybees.
- Honeybees make up about 80% of ALL insect population!
- Georgia is one of the states in the US that has a thriving honeybee industry, generating nearly $70 Million (WOW!) each year through the sales of honey, beeswax, queen bees and package bees.
- Package bees, by the way, refer to adult bees with or without a queen, that are held in a screen shipping cage and sold.
- Georgia’s insect is the Honeybee, named so in 1975.
While you are enjoying the outdoors this year, remember that our Honeybees help create our food. Without these workers, our food supply could be changed forever. http://www.businessinsider.com/the-world-without-honeybees-2013-6
How you can help build a safe place for honey bees:
Honeybees love flowers. Look around your yard now and if you have blooms, look for honey bees. They will seek out what they love. If you currently have no flowers or blooming plants, you can provide some food for them to pollinate by planting:
- Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms.
- Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer.
- For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers.
Those are just a few. Check out sites like the HoneyBee conservancy at: http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/act-today/plant-a-bee-garden/
Check out our honeybee made products while you are online. All of our honey products are pure, natural and no bees were harmed! We love our bees and we know you will love them too!