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🐝 Bees 🐝

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Hello everyone! I’ve been wanting to make a post about bees for a few days. I had a conversation about it in one of my servers which many people chimed in on, and one member who gave her opinions is an actual beekeeper! I was very excited to hear what someone who works with bees had to say. So here’s my Fresh Take on all things BEE~

Bees vs Wasps

Welcome to Lesson 1 of BEES. Big big point here- the different types of flying striped bugs that people tend to lump into one category together. In fact, there are two! 

Bees: Honeybees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees. They are all fuzzy with black and yellow stripes, and tend to be short and fat. Bees are non-aggressive but they do sting. They have a one-time sting ability, and die after stinging someone. Honey and bumblebees have painful stings, while sweat bees have more mild stings. Bees make hives that create honeycombs and honey, usually in trees or underneath roof eaves.

Wasps: Yellow-jackets and hornets are both types of wasps. They are long and slender with little to no fuzz. Some are all black, some are black and yellow, some are black and white. They tend to be larger than bees. They are aggressive and can sting people multiple times. Yellow-jackets have barbs on their stingers, making stings hurt even more. Wasp hives do not contain honey or honeycomb, and tend to make their nests in tree stumps, mouse burrows, or in man made structures that don’t see much activity.

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Bee Products

Now, to focus on bees and the things they make. Bees make hives from honeycomb and fill the combs with…honey. The comb and honey can be used to make a variety of products from soaps to skin care to food.

There is a wide variety of ways to harvest honey and honeycomb. Generally, large commercial companies smoke the bees out so they either die or fall unconscious so they can take whatever they want from the hives. This method doesn’t leave the bees enough honey to get through the winter without starving. Local, smaller companies and solitary beekeepers have much more humane ways of harvesting bee byproducts. They measure the honey properties to see when the best time to harvest is, and always ensure there is enough comb and honey in the hive to keep the bees warm and fed through the colder months. 

To harvest honey from the combs, beekeepers have to scrape the wax caps off the combs. This wax is beeswax! It is usually seen as a garbage product by bees, who burrow through it and knock it down to the ground to get to honey when it’s ready to be consumed. Beekeepers can use beeswax to make soap, candles, lip balm, and a myriad of other products.

The extracted honey can be eaten raw, mixed into skin care products, mixed into food, and a whole long list of other possibilities. There are countless ways to make use of honey and honeycomb, all of which can be good for bees, good for the environment, and good for you.

But please please do your research on brands first. Make sure you buy from brands that treat their bees well. Farmers markets are excellent places to buy bee products right from beekeepers!

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Save the Bees

Every single website that has a list of ways to help save bees will tell you to plant a bee-friendly garden. Leaving a little bowl of sugar water out can help give bees a little boost of energy. Buying locally-sourced bee products from beekeepers not only ensures the bees your honey came from are treated well, but it allows the beekeeper to keep doing their job well!

Bee Garden: Pollinator-friendly gardens seem like they would just be all flowers, but that’s not true! Leafy ground-cover like clover is a good place to start. Along with vegetable plants, fruit plants, herbs, and local plants. Researching plants native to your area is a great place to start if you aren’t sure what to plant.

Not everyone has the money, but donating to bee sanctuaries or organizations dedicating to protecting wildlife, especially bees, is also a good way to help. Volunteering at wildlife sanctuaries, joining social media groups for helping protect bees, and even having your own beehive are just a few of the many ways you can help support the bee population.

Yards are no good for bees or any pollinating insect. They’re essentially deserts- no pollinating plants. Leave some weeds in your garden, tear up your lawn and replace it with flowers or plants or just leave the weeds. If you don’t have a lawn or space for a garden, window boxes and little dishes of sugar water work just fine.

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Electronic Bees

I am sure we have all seen articles about these little electronic bees that scientists are coming up with. I, for one, love this idea. And you all should too. These electronic insects are in no way any harm to natural bees. They help pick up the pollination slack of the declining bee population, giving the bees more time to recuperate and reproduce. They also have the ability to pollinate wider areas farther away from natural food sources, and can even help pollinate and grow food in space

The electronic bees have special coloring patterns to make them less likely to be spotted by predators. They just buzz around where the bee population is scarce and help our little fuzzy buddies along, keeping the pollination cycle moving.

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So, what have we learned?

Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. They need to be supported and assisted in every way possible so we can keep eating all the food we enjoy. Without bees to pollinate our food plants, we would have vastly fewer food choices. Keeping these insects safe is an incredibly important job and any technological advances to help them are good things

Don’t fall victim to fearmongering about electronic insects, don’t slack off and assume someone else will take care of the bees for you. There are some genuinely simple things listed here that anyone could do to help. And I didn’t even list everything!

This is by no means a masterpost on bees. Infinitely more information can be found relatively easily online or almost anywhere else. But I hope this is a good starting place for people to get them educated and involved in the bee effort.

Please, please save our bees 

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