Everything You Need to Know About the Honey Bee in 8 GIFs
Thursday, August 20, 2015
By: Macy Maness, Bayer CropScience Intern 2015
Coming into Bayer CropScience as an intern, I had no clue about the extent of support we bring to the bee community. Walking through the RTP location the first day, I was overwhelmed by how large and beautiful the Bee Center was. I find it remarkable that these employees spend their entire day researching bees and finding ways to promote their health to the community. I was quite intrigued by the supply of knowledge available, and I am looking forward to attending a Bee Ambassador training in the next few weeks. To celebrate these pollinators on National Honey Bee Day this Saturday, here are 8 GIFs that show their contribution to agriculture and how you can support them!
- Just like us, honey bees need a variety of food sources year-round to receive proper nutrition. Did you know that bees are especially attracted to flowers in shades of blue, purple, white, and yellow?
- In a single day, bees visit up to 5,000 flowers and travel about 1 mile to find the food sources they need – now that’s amazing!
- Bees have to work hard so that we can enjoy one of their tastiest contributions – honey! On average, a worker bee only produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
- Good news – the USDA’s latest survey reported that the number of U.S. honey bee colonies grew to 2.74 million, the highest level in years and an increase of 4 percent over 2013. Thank you beekeepers for working hard to keep those numbers up! To learn more about the report click here.
- Bee health is a complex issue with studies showing a variety of factors that can affect the health of colonies. Healthy Hives 2020 is a major initiative with a focus on finding tangible solutions to improve the health of honey bee colonies by 2020.
- More than 20 viruses can impact the health of honey bees. These diseases can kill developing larvae and pupae, decrease the lifespan of adult bees, cause spasms and tremors, reduce cognitive skills, and impair wing development.
- The Varro mite is one of the main threats to the honey bee and for good reason! The mite weakens the honey bee sucking its blood and transmitting diseases.
- Now that you know many facts about the amazing honey bee, help support your local pollinators by growing bee-attractant plants! Click here to learn more.
Join us in celebrating National Honey Bee Day
on August, 22nd
. Be sure to follow @Bayer4CropsUS
for updates on bee health.
If you’ve planted bee-attractant flowers to help feed our pollinators, we want to see your photos – use #FeedABee!