Wasps, hornets, even some buzzing flies come under this heading.I see people screaming,"A bee!! a bee, he'll bite me- very often. why such people use the word bite instead of sting is beyond me? This is the bee image that I am trying to change today with my post.Yellow jackets are most often mistaken for honeybees. They're smaller,and a little yellower even than a good strain of Italian bee. ( we have Italian honeybees)
seriously that is there name. The bumblebee is a very large bee and it is hard to see how it could be mistaken for a honeybee. Wasps, are longer and thinner than a honeybee.
What exactly is a bee? We can think of bees as vegetarian wasps. Wasps are carnivores that eat mostly other insects. All species of bees, on the other hand, get their energy from nectar and their protein from pollen. both of which are plant products. In fact, the relationship between most flowering plants and bees is a close one of mutual dependence. As bees visit flowers to collect pollen, they inevitably cross-pollinate the flowers, enabling the plant to grow seeds and reproduce. Although, many kinds of insects eat nectar, only bees convert it to honey-mankind's oldest sweet.
Honeybee or honey bee? This is a tomato/TOMATO issue. Either way is correct. The honeybees is a true bee, like a house fly is a true fly, and thus should be 2 words. A dragonfly, on the other hand, is not a fly; hence it is one word. Spell it both ways if you are going to web surf. Did you know that honeybees can fly approximately 10-15 miles per hour. They also do a dance when they return the hive, if they have found a good spot to get pollen- the dance tells the distance, direction and quality of the flowers.
Pollination: The transfer of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or of another flower. Pollination is a prerequisite for fertilization: the fusion of nuclei from the pollen grain with nuclei in the ovule. Fertilization allows the flower to develop seeds.
Some flowers will develop seeds as a result of self-pollination, when pollen and pistil are from the same plant, often (but not always) from the same flower. Other plants require cross-pollination: pollen and pistil must be from different plants.
Most plants need help moving pollen from one flower to the pistil of another. Wind moves the pollen for some plants such as grasses like corn. Animal pollinators move pollen for many other flowering plants.
Pollinator: An animal that moves pollen from the anthers to the stigmas of flowers, thus effecting pollination. Animals that are known to be good pollinators of flowers include bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, some flies, some wasps, and nectar feeding bats.
What are the benefits? Plants benefit from pollinators because the movement of pollen allows them to reproduce by setting seeds. However, pollinators don't know or care that the plant benefits. They pollinate to get nectar and/or pollen from flowers to meet their energy requirements and to produce offspring. In the economy of nature, the pollinators provide an important service to flowering plants, while the plants pay with food for the pollinators and their offspring.
National Pollinator Week is June 21-27. Start planning your polination event- go to www.pollinator.org
Why bees make great pollinators:
Most other insects lie dormant all winter and in spring emerge only in small numbers, until increasing generations have rebuilt the population of the species. Not the honeybee population, Its hive is perennial. The queen bee begins to lay her eggs in the spring.When flowers begin to bloom, each hive has tens of thousands of bees to carry out pollination activities.
The honey bee has a unique habit that's of great value as a pollinator. It tends to forage on blooms of the same kind, as long as they're flowering.
The honeybee is one of the only pollinating insects that can be introduced to a garden at the gardners will. You can garden on a hit-or-miss basis and hope that enough wild bees are out there to achieve adequate pollination- or you can take positive steps and nestle a colony of honey bees in the corner of your garden.
DID YOU KNOW HONEY IS ALSO CALLED LIQUID GOLD?
A honeybee colony is a superorganism of social insects working together for the benefit of all. Honey bees show just how efficient working together can be. Three sorts of bee are found in a colony: the queen, the workers and the drones.
In order to help these beautiful bees, Häagen-Dazs ice cream uses only all-natural ingredients in their recipes. Bee pollination is essential for ingredients in nearly 50 percent of the company’s all-natural superpremium flavors. Their goal is to raise awareness of the honey bee issue so that our communities work together to bring them back.
Häagen-Dazs has created a special flavor to make spreading honey bee awareness that much sweeter. Vanilla Honey Bee is the company’s delicious tribute to these essential creatures. In recognition of their reliance on honey bees for their food, Häagen-Dazs is donating money to help fund honey bee research. Here’s how you can help: Every time you buy a carton of our bee-built flavors (listed below), you help the company get closer to reaching the donation goal. You can also visit the Web site to learn how to donate to the cause and how to build your own honey bee garden.
Curious just how many bee-built ingredients are in Häagen-Dazs products? Take a look at this.
Ice Cream/Sorbet/Frozen Yogurt Flavor: Bee-built ingredients
Banana Split: Cherries, Strawberries
Caramelized Pear & Toasted Pecan: Pears
Cherry Vanilla: Cherries
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Peanuts
Macadamia: Macadamia Nuts
Mint Chip: Peppermint
Pineapple Coconut: Coconuts
Peanut Butter Brittle (Limited Edition): Peanuts
Peppermint Bark (Limited Edition): Peppermint
Rocky Road: Almonds
Strawberry Cheesecake: Strawberries
Vanilla Honey Bee: Honey
Vanilla Swiss Almond: Almonds
White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle: Raspberries
Passion Fruit: Passion Fruit
Caramelized Hazelnut Gianduja: Hazelnuts
Hawaiian Lehua Honey & Sweet Cream: Honey
Pomegranate Chip: Pomegranates
Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle: Coconuts
Cranberry Blueberry: Cranberries and Blueberries
Orchard Peach: Peaches
Zesty Lemon: Lemons
Vanilla Honey & Granola: Honey
Vanilla Raspberry Swirl: Raspberries
Wildberry: Blueberries, Strawberries Raspberries
Vanilla & Almonds: Almonds
Coffee & Almond Crunch Snack Size: Almonds
Pomegranate & Dark Chocolate: Pomegranate
Raspberry Sorbet & Vanilla Yogurt: Raspberries
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I love ice cream and Hagan das is one of my favorites- they have a terrific website which is visually apealling and imforative- go tohelpthehoneybees.com
I have worked at schools that have an observation hive like the one pictures above, children love to see the colony working and all the kinds of bees inside. We have an observation hive in our home too- An observation beehive is a small colony of honey bees kept in a hive with clear plastic or glass walls.This allows you to see all the activities that happen inside the normally dark beehive. We will also be selling honey this year-