What’s so special about honeybees?

close up of a beeToday may be the official end to National Pollinator Week, but the work of bees — and gardeners — continues.

Please keep adding plants to your garden that attract bees with the nectar and pollen they need.

Stop using pesticides in your garden that can harm bees.

Register your pollinator garden with the Pollinator Partnership Network so we can reach 1 million gardens by 2016.

And while you’re at it, consider all the ways honeybees are special:

Bees evolved from wasps, but bees are chubbier and usually quite hairy.

All bees have some branched hairs on their bodies.

Cave paintings show that for thousands of years, people all over the world have risked physical harm in the pursuit of honey.

It’s safe to be around bees in the garden while they’re foraging for food.

Worker honey bees transform floral nectar into honey by adding enzymes and reducing the moisture.

The world’s smallest bee is the Perdita minima with a body length of only 0.078 inches long; Chalicodoma pluto is the world’s largest bee at 1.6 inches long.

Less than one percent of the U.S. population is allergic to bee stings.

Honey bees can fly over 8 miles from their nest, at 15 miles per hour, in search of food.

The queen bee may lay 600-800 eggs each day during her three or four year lifetime.

Bees make 5 to 12 trips from the nest each day.

Honey has been used for thousands of years as a topical dressing for wounds.


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