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“In Your Own Backyard” Save the Bee from CCD…

“The Bee is more honored than other animals, not because she
labors, but because she labors for others.”    
 ~ Saint
John Chrysostom

Remember
that little Honey Bee you glimpsed the other day buzzing around that lovely
flower? Look closely…ah yes, THERE she is! Did you know that she, that little
Bee, and the thousands of other “Worker Bees” you’ve seen throughout your life
are female? That’s right! ALL Honey Bee “Worker Bees” are FEMALE! Honey Bees
are the only bees most people will ever see.

And
did you know that Honey Bees are the ONLY insect that produces food eaten by
man? That’s right! Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances
necessary to sustain life including, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and water. Oh,
and imagine this: Honey Bees pollinate roughly $14 billion dollars worth of
crops per year! Wow! Pretty fascinating stuff, wouldn’t you agree?

Ok,
you’re probably saying to yourself: “Annnnd the point of all these
oh-so-interesting facts about Honey Bees is?” Well, the answer is equally
interesting. You see, over the past 3-4 years, Honey Bees have been dying at an
alarming rate. Nearly 40-60% of beehives are perishing suddenly – literally
overnight. This is both a national and global tragedy. This phenomenon is
called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the cause is not known. Environmental
Scientists have several theories, but nothing definitive. Within the U.S.
alone, over 25 states are affected by CCD. When we consider that 1/3 of the
human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants and that Honey Bees are
responsible for 80% of that
pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, well, again…
WOW!

Appropriately
referred to as “Nature’s Workhorses”, Honey Bee, Worker Bees labor for not
only the greater good of their brood, but for the greater good of this planet
and its inhabitants. These are truly Divine creatures.

Let’s
take a look at some EXTRAORDINARY FACTS about little Miss Honey Bee:

1)  Honey Bees are sociable, cooperative, and harmonious insects

2)  Honey Bees have been around for millions of years

3)  Honey Bees are the only
bees most people ever see

4)  A colony of Honey Bees consists of 20,000-60,000 Worker
Bees, several hundred Drones (male bees), and one Queen

5)  Worker Bees live for about six weeks and do all the
work outdoors and in the hive

6) Honey Bees provide humans with honey and beeswax

7)  A hive
of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth
to collect 1 kg of honey

8)  It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight
around the world

9)  Honey is the only food that includes all the substances
necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water

10)  Honey Bees pollinate roughly $14 billion dollars worth of crops per year

11)  Honey bees wings move at about 200 beats per second; this creates their famous
“buzzing” sound

12)  A Worker Bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection
trip

13)  The average Worker Bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her
lifetime

14)  The Queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays
eggs. When the hive is at its maximum strength during the spring and summer
months, she lays up to 2500 eggs per day

15)  The Drones’ only
purpose is to mate with the Queen and they have no stinger

16)  Only Worker Bees
sting and ONLY if they feel threatened. They die once they sting. Queens have a
stinger, but they don’t leave the hive to help defend it

Thank you, Honey Bee…. 

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