Have you recently swatted a bee away and thought to yourself “What a pest?” Well… this blog post recognizes the importance of bees to our planet and of course, our nougat! Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated bug.
Bees are responsible for pollinating about one sixth of flowers and agricultural plants worldwide. It is estimated that one-third of the produce that we eat is due to bees invaluable pollinating services! So basically, in a nut shell, one-third of the world will not have food if there were no bees.
What is pollination?
Pollination is basically the equivalent of plant reproduction, and is the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part. This then creates the seed, nut or fruit. Bees usually focus on one plant species at a time which helps to make the pollination process more productive. A few examples of food sources that would no longer be available to us due to no pollination are brocolli, almonds, apples and cucumbers.
How do bees create honey?
Honey is made by bees regurgitating nectar, passing it back and forth in their mouths to one another and then depositing it back and sealing it in the honey comb. It’s intended use is for the bees winter food source, but is obviously now used world wide as a food source and ingredient for many delicious confectionery items.
Bees are easily the most important insect on earth and we should protect them by all means. The next team you see a bee buzzing around your sugary drink give them a hug instead of swatting him away!
Long live the honey bees…
Source: One green plant