Thursday, June 1, 2017

Most Important Job

What do you think about when you hear the word Pollination? Honeybees are a big part of pollinating one third of the food we eat. Honeybees have a lot of hair on their bodies, and when they are flying the wind is blowing through their hair, which creates static electricity. Then when they land on the flower the pollen will literally hop on their backs because it is attracted to that electricity.  As the bees move from flower to flower, the same process will happen.  Some of the pollen that they already have sticking to their hair will fall off onto the other flowers, which is the process of pollination.

Some of the many fruits and vegetables that bees help pollinate are pears, apples, mangos, watermelons, strawberries, green beans, celery, onions, peas, and tomatoes, they also help pollinate coffee! But food is not all that bees pollinate. They also pollinate cotton, and alfalfa, which the cotton we use for clothing and the alfalfa we use to feed our dairy cows. Did you know that almonds are actually 100% dependent on bee pollination and commercial beekeepers will travel with their bees to California to help pollinate the almonds?    

As you can see there are many different things that bees help pollinate for us. If you really think about it, the next time you are eating a meal, figuratively every third bite you take would be pollinated by bees. Bees are very vital to the human diet and to the environment.