Bee adventure. Soldier bees, work as security guards


Bee benefits and beyond

 

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The small little insect that works so
tirelessly and quietly around us certainly is one of the reasons for the bounty
on earth.  The bees, the flowers and human beings are all
interconnected. 

Cultures and religions around the world
reference bees and the substances they collect in
Nature and make in their bodies.   Christian Scripture mentions honey
61 times- The Lord’s people were promised land flowing with milk and honey.
But, what do we really know about bees and their
benefits?

After all, the
average person sitting down to dinner probably doesn’t realize the important
role bees played in preparing that meal, much
less to the many other aspects of their life.

The bees place in our
world is important & beyond our understanding.  Today, we will
comb through some of the sweet benefits of bees, who these little stingers are and how you can enjoy the
milk and honey that the Lord promised us for all the years to come.

 

 

According to
Mental Floss –here are some FUN FACTS

 

“Their sting has some
benefits. A toxin in bee venom may
prevent HIV. It can kill HIV by poking holes into the virus’s protective
envelope. Meanwhile, when mellitin hitches a ride on certain nanoparticles, it
will just bounce off normal cells and leave them unharmed.

 

They work harder than you

During colder seasons,
worker bees can live for nine months. But in the summer, they rarely last
longer than six weeks—they literally work themselves to death.

 

When they change jobs, they change their brain chemistry

Bees are hardwired to do
certain jobs. Scout bees, which search for new sources of food, are wired for
adventure. Soldier bees, work as security guards their whole life. One percent
of all middle-aged bees become undertakers—a genetic brain pattern compels them
to remove dead bees from the hive. But most amazingly, regular honeybees—which
perform multiple jobs in their lifetime—will change
their brain chemistry before taking up a
new gig.

 

Their brains defy time

When aging bees do jobs
usually reserved for younger members, their brain stops aging. In fact, their
brain ages in reverse. (Imagine if riding a tricycle didn’t just make you feel
young—it actually made your brain tick like a younger person’s.)
 Scientists at Arizona State University believe the discovery can help us slow the
onset of dementia. 

 

They’re changing
medicine

To reinforce their hives,
bees use a resin from poplar and evergreen trees called propolis. It’s basically beehive glue. Although bees use it
as caulk, humans use it to fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research
shows that propolis taken from a beehive may relieve cold sores, canker sores,
herpes, sore throat, cavities, and even eczema.

 

They can recognize human
faces

Honeybees make out faces
the same way we do. They take parts—like eyebrows, lips, and ears—and cobble
them together to make out the whole face. It’s called “configular processing,”
and it might help computer scientists improve face recognition technology

 

They get buzzed from
caffeine and cocaine

Nature didn’t intend
caffeine to be trapped inside an $4 latte. It’s actually a plant defense
chemical that shoos harmful insects away and lures pollinators in.
Scientists found that nectar laced with caffeine helps bees remember
where the flower is, increasing the chances of a return visit.

While
caffeine makes bees work better, cocaine turns them into big fat liars. Bees
“dance” to communicate—a way of giving fellow bees directions to good food. But
high honeybees exaggerate their moves and overemphasize the food’s quality.
They even exhibit withdrawal symptoms, helping
scientists understand the nuances of addiction.  

 

They can solve hairy
mathematical problems

Pretend it’s the weekend,
and it’s time to do errands. You have to visit six stores and they’re all at
six separate locations. What’s the shortest distance you can travel while
visiting all six? “Mathematicians call this “traveling salesman problem,” and
it can even stump some computers, but not homeschool mothers. However, for
bumblebees, it’s a snap. Researchers at Royal
Holloway University in London found that
bumblebees fly the shortest route possible between flowers. So far, they’re the
only animals known to solve the problem.

 

They’re nature’s most
economical builders

For centuries,
mathematicians have argued that honeycombs were the most practical structures
around, of all the possible structures, honeycombs use the least amount of wax.
And not only are honeycombs the most efficient structures in nature—the walls
meet at a precise 120-degree angle, a perfect hexagon. 

 

They can help us catch
serial killers

Serial killers behave
like bees. They commit their crimes close to home, but far away enough that the
neighbors don’t get suspicious. Similarly, bees collect pollen near their hive,
but far enough that predators can’t find the hive. To understand how this
“buffer zone” works, scientists studied bee behavior and wrote up a few computer
algorithms. Their
findings improved computer models
police use to find bad guys.

The bouquet of flowers aren’t the only thing a bees
uses it sense of smell for! Especially sensitive to nitrogen, bees have been
used in Afghanistan to recognize explosives at checkpoints, alerting soldiers
to danger.

 

Last –  They’re job creators

Americans consume about 285 million pounds of honey
each year. On top of that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that
honeybees pollinate 80 percent of the country’s insect crops—meaning bees
pollinate over $20 billion worth of crops each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO, who are these FLYING SUPERHEROS?

 

There are 25 ,000 species worldwide. Coming
in different sizes and with varying jobs , all of the bees are pollinators
important to our environment and survival.

 

 

 

Pollination
is very important. It leads to the creation of new seeds that grow into new
plants.

we
depend on insect pollination for 1/3 of our
food.  –

 

One in three bites we take are directly
or indirectly connected to bees

This includes Our food or Food for animals that become our
food.

I don’t know about you, but I like to
eat!

 

Bees are having a hard time, but we can all do our bit to
help save the bees.  You do not need to become a beekeeper. Indeed, many
other pollinators (not just honey bees) are in serious decline too.

 

Many of the steps you can take to save bees, will help
other pollinators too!

People everywhere are taking steps

You CAN make a
difference – and collectively we all make a BIG difference!

…..and here are some tips to help
set you on your way to doing just that!

 

Save the bees – cut out the insecticides!

Some pesticides can
remain in the soil for years, and continue to be taken up by the
plant from the soil.

Neonicotinoids work by creating a toxic plant: this group
of insecticides is designed to poison the sap and nectar of plants, so that
‘pests’ which feed on the plant are poisoned. We actually care more about
what our front yard looks like than the effect of those landscapes on our food
supply. 11% of all pesticide are use on lawns.  Those pollinators, who have been poisoned on
our lawns, cannot then supply for our food. 
Maybe we need to rethink some priorities.

 

A little mud, a little bare ground, and a little water are useful to bees constructing
their nests, so please leave a patch of ground for solitary ground nesters,
insecticide free!

Help save the bees by providing lots
of the right flowers, over a long season

Provide
a long season of nectar and pollen rich flowers for bees and other pollinators
to feed on:
Ensure you have flowers, shrubs, trees and plants in bloom
for as long as possible in the garden.

Help save the bees…… by eating organic

Perhaps now is the time to start growing your own
pesticide- free fruit and vegetables.

 

 If you cannot grow
your own, then try to select as much organic produce as you can when you are
buying your shopping – even if it’s just one item, because collectively, we do
make a difference. 

 

Careful in selecting your honey, honey! Is what you are buying really honey?

Buy local honey from a beekeeper you trust who cares about
their bees.  Contaminated honey may be cheaper, but guess what, there’s a
reason for it!

Cheap, contaminated honey creates pressure on beekeepers
who are doing the right thing, and supplying the real product.  Please
check the label.

When you spend your cash, you cast a vote.

If you buy at least some organic produce, your purchases, along with those of
others, will send a signal to retailers, which will ultimately send a signal to
farmers.

 

Finally,  Create a
buzz!

Spread the word about the need to help save the bees and
the easy tips that I have shared with you today.

In fact, in Psalm 24:1, David tells
us,

“The earth is the Lord’s and its
fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein”

We were given dominion over the world
to be good stewards and to enjoy its blessings, thankfully.

Although the bees place in our world
is important and beyond our understanding, we are all in this hive together. I
hope you now see the sweet benefits of bees, understand a little more about who
they are know how you ca serve as a ultimate beekeepers by making small changes
and creating awareness. 

In conclusion, remember Proverbs
24:13

“My son, eat honey, for it is good.” 

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