♥ I followed this honeybee around my garden a bit before I was able to capture a nice clear photo of it pollinating my Meyer Lemon Tree. I like the profile angle of this photo and how the orange-yellow colored pollen shows up so well clustered around its legs. I added several fruit trees to my garden this year along with blueberry, strawberry and raspberry plants which subsequently increased the amount of bees I’m seeing in my yard this year over last.
◊ Interesting -HONEYBEE- Trivia ◊
* One bee hive per year collects 66 pounds of pollen. Pollen is used as food for honeybees consisting of protein, sugars, carbohydrates, enzymes, minerals and vitamins.
* Honey has antibacterial qualities and some say that eating honey is a great way to naturally cope with allergies.
* Without pollination there would be a significant decrease in the production of fruits and vegetables.
* Beekeepers are said to suffer less than any other working group in the areas of cancer and arthritis.
* Dab some honey on a scrape or cut for healing.
* They can Fly 15 Miles per Hour.
* Honeybees are native to Europe and introduced in the USA by early settlers.
* Bees carry out specific roles in a highly organized bee society. The queen bee can live for several years, but the worker bees only live from 6 weeks to 9 months. Bees live longer in the winter months.
* The U.S. bee population is continuing to decline. Many researchers believe that pesticides may be a contributing factor in the declining population.
♥ “Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about” August, p.148 (The Secret Life of Bees).
Do you have any interesting information about bees? I would love to read your comments. There is a lot of research being conducted about the decline of the bee population and why there has been such a drastic decline in the United States since 2006, some of the reasons are pollution, pesticide use, bacteria and less agricultural land use. To date researchers are still baffled as to why.