Do you love melons, almonds, cherries and tomatoes? Me too! We need bees to pollinate these fruits and vegetables (and many more), but we are losing honey bee colonies at an alarming rate. August 18 is designated as National Honey Bee Day to bring awareness and education about the honey bee industry.
Honey bees are really fascinating creatures. They do double duty of pollinating plants to produce flowers, fruits and vegetables as well as produce their own food source of honey. Did you know they are the only insects that provide a food source for us?
There is so much I didn’t know about honey bees, but had a blast learning. Did you know outside of the primate family, honey bees have the most complex symbolic language on Earth? Check out this site for a more in-depth understanding of the role of the bees in their colony (also known as a hive).
Plus, here is another site that gives you all sorts of cool facts about bees and honey such as:
I use honey in all sorts of recipes, and as a spread on my morning toast and in my tea. I knew it was good for me, but didn’t realize how complete a food source it really is.
Unfortunately, honey bee hives are dying at a rapid rate. Bees are critical to our food supply, so let’s all do what we can to ensure we are helping these industrious insects flourish.