When you think of bees, the first thing you probably think of isn’t an insect that you could live without. Although most bees are aggressive and very territorial, that doesn’t mean that all bees are bad. Take the bumble bee, for instance. This is a friendly bee that goes out of its way to stay out of your way. But there are benefits to bumble bees, especially in your yard. Read on to learn more about the ways benefits bumble bees affect all of our lives
Bees play a big part in our ecosystem
Did you know that bumble bees are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the United States’ total pollination? On top of that, bumble bees make a huge impact on the agricultural industry because they aren’t as attracted to “pretty” flowers like other bees. As a result, they pollinate and cross-pollinate plants and flowers that other bees and insects might overlook. Since these bees are less aggressive than other bees, they are also no threat to the average gardener.
The way that bumble bees pollinate flowers is known as “buzz pollination.” This method involves the pollen from one plant sticking to the bee and falling off its rapidly vibrating wings to pollinate the next flower that the bee visits. A bee has to make this trip around seven to 10 times to fully pollinate a flower.
Unfortunately, the bumble bee population is in decline. If you spot a bumble bee in your yard, you are one of the lucky ones. This means that there are probably around 50 more nearby and ready to help pollinate your plants.
Sweet, Sweet Honey
Honey bees are more than just pollinators; they are scientifically referred to as “apis mellifera,” which means “honey-carrying bee.” As such, honey bees are one of the only insects in the world that produce food that humans can eat. Honey itself is very important and includes all of the substances that are needed to preserve life. Honey is full of enzymes, minerals, water and vitamins. It also contains pinocembrin, a powerful antioxidant that improves brain function.
Bees Are Hard Workers
Bumble bees pollinate your flowers and plants in a wide variety of weather conditions, unlike other insects. For example, bumble bees are active in temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. They are most active in temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Even on foggy, cloudy and rainy days, bumble bees are still hard at work and can fly in winds of up to 40 mph.