- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- THE BUZZ ON BEES
- GARDEN GIGGLE
Of course, that didn't work and we read with trepidation about 'killer bees' and how they have killed two dogs in our town. When we still had horses I wanted to get into beekeeping and have a hive, but Jim was worried about them attacking the horses in their stalls, where they couldn't get away.But we know how important bees are to our fruit and flowers, and also how bees are disappearing from the world so we are looking forward to learning about them.It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, especially the domesticated European Honey Bee. It's a huge subject so we may spend a few days on it.
Bees have a long complex tongue called a proboscis that enables them to get to the nectar from flowers. They have antennae (13 segments in males and 12 in females). Bees have two pairs of wings, the hind pair being the smaller of the two.
The smallest bee in the world is TRIGONA MINIMA at 5/64" long, and the largest is MEGACHILE PLUTO at 1.5". The best known species of bee is the EUROPEAN HONEY BEE, which as its name suggests, produces honey.
Most bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge, which helps the pollen stick. Female bees often stop foraging and groom themselves to pack the pollen into the scopa, which is on the legs in most bees, or on the abdomen on others, and modified into specialized pollen baskets on the legs of honey bees and their relatives.
Tomorrow-How does a bee grow?