As you’ve probably heard, the population of bees and other pollinators has been declining in recent years . In fact, according to a recent international study , buzzing our friends are getting closer to extinction. This is a situation we have to do everything possible to reverse, because the truth is that our lives would be unimaginably different – and more difficult – without these amazing insects. Here are 21 reasons why we should be grateful for bees and work to protect them.
are the basis of the global food supply
More than a third of world food supply depends on bees , including crops such as apples, almonds, avocados, oranges, cranberries and coconut. Although bees and other pollinators work for free, the annual value of its services is estimated to amount to more than $ 125 billion. And it is work that only they can do!
are important neighbors for many plants and animals
Bees and their work are not only essential for humans. According to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), bees play a very important role, but little recognized in a wide variety of ecosystems, and “many species of plants and animals would not survive if the bees were not. ”
Honey bees brew the “nectar of the gods”
I think he knew honey is here somewhere. This magical elixir not only makes everything it touches delicious, but is also related to health benefits as improve digestion, reduce inflammation and rapid healing wound.
Honey is not the only amazing product can thank bees for; also produce beeswax. In the abdomen of each bee wax producing glands there that convert sugar honey bees consumed in beeswax. Beeswax, like honey, is medicinal, and sometimes used in products for skin care. But it is more often used as other waxes would :. In candles, polishes, and as a lubricant
They can be the solution for hair growth
According to a study 2014 conducted by researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan, a substance called propolis that bees use to seal their hives foreigners can also nourish the specific cells involved in hair growth . After rubbing the sticky substance on shaved mice and blackboards, the researchers found that hair grew back faster than mice that had not received treatment.
Its sting hurts, but venom can cure
poison bee used for medicinal purposes for a number of different ancient cultures including the Greeks , Egyptians and Chinese. Modern studies are beginning to investigate the uses of bee venom more – with surprising results. So far, the research suggests that bee venom can help with arthritis, Lyme disease, and other conditions related to inflammation. But just in case I needed this saying, it’s best not to try this remedy on your own.
maintain our precious environment
Bees and flowers have a unique relationship, symbiotic where bees depend on flowers for food ( nectar and pollen) and flowers depend on bees for pollination. According to the USDA, 75 percent of the flowers depend on animal pollinators. If pollinated flowers are not, they can not produce seeds. And no means no flower seeds.
Make the Bee Dance
The bees do a dance called the “bee dance” by scientists, which communicates the exact location of the best sources of nectar and pollen to other bees. The strange and wonderful dance involves a complex combination of tracing a pattern in the form of eight vigorous waggling back.
Found in the middle of a beloved pastime
Beekeeping is growing in popularity in many places around the world, including in the urban areas. According to beekeepers, the benefits include a more beautiful and bountiful garden fresh honey, bee wax free, and unmatched entertainment see bees make bee dance.
Even our clothes depends on them
bees not only contribute to the food we eat, are also partly responsible for the clothes in the back. How? Cotton is one of the many crops that bees pollinate, and one study concluded that having bees nearby can increase production on farms organic cotton by almost 20 percent.
We can thank them for a smooth and healthy skin
Many people use raw honey topically to treat problems like acne, redness, hyperpigmentation, dry spots, and improve the overall quality of the skin .
They have taught us a lot about the dangers of pesticides
We are learning more and more about the dangers posed by pesticides for bees. In March 2016 alone, the scientists found 57 different pesticides that are legal in Europe are toxic to bees, and even small exposure to pesticides affected the efficiency with pollinating bees and how quickly they have learned the skill of pollination. Could the harmful effect of pesticides on bees eventually be the reason you get the batteries and reduce the use of these toxic chemicals?
They are docile creatures
Although the first thing we learn about bees is usually stay away from his painful sting, most bee species (with the exception of Africanized bees) are calm, soft and only sting if very threatened or scared. Some species of bees can not sting them all!
One word: matriarchy
Bee colonies are always ruled by a queen, , which aims to reproduce , play and play some more. The only sexually developed female in the colony, a queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day. She also lives longer than other bees in the colony. (Long live the Queen!) She can live up to five years, at which time the bees have to find a new queen larvae of worker bees.
They have a unique social system
In bee colonies, most of the work was also carried out by female bees, who they are called worker bees. Worker bees perform tasks such as foraging for nectar and pollen, honey production, construction honeycomb, care of the queen, feeding breeding, guard the hive and ventilation and cleaning hive. Males (drones), on the other hand, have only one task: insemination of the queen. Once you succeed in doing this, they instantly die.
They are hard workers
The worker bees are, at least! Worker bees, which represent about 95 percent of the bee colony, live only for six weeks. Their hopes of short life consists of almost nothing but work and sleep.
His view is amazing
Bees have five eyes, they can perceive ultraviolet wavelengths (UV) rays and see color faster than any other animal (4-5 times faster than humans). Researchers believe that bees use their power Supersonic flowers vision to identify and track changes in light patterns when you zip through the foliage.
They are so addicted to caffeine as we
a study published in the journal Current Biology found that bees and humans have at least one thing in common: they can not resist caffeine. The study, which observed the behavior of bees who consumed caffeinated nectar, also found that the bees tend to act caffeinated “busy” but that does not really achieve much like bees without caffeine. (Sound familiar?) As expected, bees caffeine were also more likely to bee dance their little butts.
engineers are incredible
The intricate and complex honeycomb structure has fascinated scientists and mathematicians for centuries. honeycombs are composed of many small “perfect” hexagons, where all the hexagons are the same size, and all sides have the same length. Why? Hexagons, unlike, for example, squares or triangles, provide more usable space for the least amount of construction material, which the bees discovered long before us! Even Charles Darwin himself once wrote that the honeycomb was “absolutely perfect in economizing labor and wax.”
They can help unravel the secret to cognitive health
In 2012, scientists discovered something peculiar about bees older: they could effectively undo brain aging when they took on tasks normally performed by younger bees. The researchers thought that the discovery could help develop new treatment options for diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s in humans.
They need our help
This year scientists warned bees and other pollinators are moving more and more towards extinction due to excessive use of pesticides neocotinoid, decreased crop diversity, and climate change. Click here for more information about why this is happening, and what you can do to help!
Teresa is a freelance writer and yoga teacher currently living in Sri Lanka. She loves to write about policies, ideas and practices that promote the health of the planet and create healthy people.
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