Benefits of Bees

Have you ever stopped and realized exactly how much bees do for us? Did you know that if they didn’t exist how different our world would be? Bees have been around for about 125 million years and sadly those numbers are declining.  These amazing creatures are invaluable resources to Earth and its people in several ways.   Animals and plants both benefit from bees but human beings should be the most thankful to bees.  Back in 6000 BCE we started to really benefit from bees making honey and now have grown to take advantage of their efforts.  Think about it… we actually use the honey as a food source, medication, wax as a sealant and candle making, and even as a form of currency.  Bees truly are amazing animals.
How does a bee benefit a plant?
Bees and flower-bearing plants are a great representation of an asymbiotic  relationship.  This is when they both have something that the other needs and can share to benefit them both.  In this case the Bees need pollen and nectar for food and honey making; flowers need their pollen transported to other flowers, and then another flower’s pollen brought back to it in order to reproduce and make seeds. By simply traveling from flower to flower, bees effortlessly accomplish these needs of both parties.
How do bees benefit humans?
There are many agricultural benefits to bees.  Did you know that their pollination services to crops are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat?
About 80 percent of food in grocery stores is available on the shelves, thanks to bee-pollinated crops.
We are the most efficient animals when it comes to obtaining honey but plenty of other animal species also enjoy it as well. As we know bears are notorious for raiding hives but other animals are just as guilty (bats, raccoons, skunks, opossums just to name a few).
As I mentioned before the bee population is unfortunately declining.  Bees need help, and for so long we have relied on them for their laborious work.  They now need our help…. stay tuned for my next post on how we can help.

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