Lee S. Rosen Miami – Bees : Habitat and Diet
Lee S. Rosen Miami of Healthy Bees LLC– All bees fly from flower to flower, sipping nectar and collecting grains of pollen. Many plants depend on bees to spread pollen, helping them to reproduce. Flowers that attract bees are usually yellow, blue, and purple. Many bees specialize in one plant species. In areas where different flowering plants bloom at the same time, this keeps different bee species from fighting over the same flower!
Fruits and vegetables we like to eat, such as oranges, tomatoes, and squash, need bees to distribute the important pollen. When these crops are ready to produce their flowers, farmers often hire commercial beekeepers to deliver bees to their fields. The beekeeper places beehives near the field for a few weeks. The bees harvest pollen and nectar for their hive, and the plants get pollinated in the process.
Bees are also important in keeping food around for humans. We can thank bees for a lot of products we humans use:
Fruits and vegetables: Think of bees when you enjoy almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, kiwis, melons, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, sunflower seeds, watermelons, and many more. These items are all the result of bee pollination!
Honey: Who doesn’t like the sweet taste of honey? Honey can have different flavors and colors, too, depending on which flowers the bees used to collect the nectar. For example, there is clover honey, orange-blossom honey, sourwood honey, and buckwheat honey.
Beeswax: Candles made from beeswax give off a honey-scented glow and burn cleanly and brightly. Beeswax is also used for hand cream, furniture polish, and candy coatings (like on jelly beans!).
Lee S. Rosen Miami – It’s a bee-utiful world with bees: Bees can be both remarkable and fascinating to watch, from a distance! Give them their space, and they will go about their work assisting in flowering plant reproduction and bringing us tastier fruits and vegetables, PLUS fewer pests and a healthier habitat!