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Honey Bee, Pollinating

Honey bee pollinating an apricot tree

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All bees have an important ecological role, but this ideabook focuses on the honey bee. While other bees and insects do make honey, honey bees (Apis mellifera) make the most of it, due to the massive workforce that is dedicated to collecting pollen and nectar, the balanced diet for bees. Pollen is protein-rich, and nectar is carbohydrate-rich. Nectar is concentrated by the honey bees to reduce the water content and help preserve it for later consumption (by bees or people). Bees as an Element of DesignWe need bees — especially honey bees — to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, and they need us to stay healthy. There are less than half the number of beehives in the United States today compared to the 1940s. This is already causing a decrease in some food availability, like almonds, and an increase in some food prices — not good. You can help save the bees, and you can do it in a way that is not only smart, but also worthy of a design nod.Bees with human caretakers are faring better than those without, and urban beekeepers seem to be having better luck than rural ones. At least in the city of Boston, where I live, the bees produce more honey and survive the winter better than those in surrounding rural and suburban habitats. Could our design and urban planning decisions — whether conscious or not — be helping the bees?The three biggest challenges facing bees today are chemicals (pesticides, fungicides and herbicides), infectious diseases and habitat loss. While the average person cannot control the first two (other than minimizing chemical use on the property), anyone can help with the third.

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guylainebreniel added this to guylainebreniel's ideas
April 9, 2014
Fleurs de pommier et abeille
vrf1925 added this to vrf1925's Ideas
April 2, 2014
dtill5725 added this to dtill5725's Ideas
March 30, 2014
New idea for backyard
janettodd added this to janettodd's ideas
March 29, 2014
I want to plant one of these trees
shaaki_a added this to shaaki_a's Ideas
March 28, 2014
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March 28, 2014
Humm! bee hives in the back yard?!!
gidaje added this to gidaje's Ideas
March 28, 2014
sweet honey bad sting from BEES
jinemarais added this to Garden IdeaBook
March 28, 2014
We need bees — especially honey bees — to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, and they need us to stay healthy.
simbalillian added this to Beekeeping
March 27, 2014
lulinsky added this to lulinsky's Ideas
March 27, 2014
drashilla added this to drashilla's Ideas
March 26, 2014
Beautiful flower and a worker bee,perfect settings.
lynxzohar added this to lynxzohar's ideas
March 26, 2014
bee blue sky flower loveliness!
lettie88 added this to Bees as an Element of Design
March 26, 2014
Honey bees are more important than you may realize. A recent Houzz ideabook discussed the benefits of native bees, of which there are around 4,000 species in North America alone. (There are more than 20,000 bee species worldwide.) Honey bees are also remarkable, in large part due to the number of individuals in each colony — as many as 80,000 bees per hive. Honey bees make especially good and efficient pollinators; tens of thousands of bees visit hundreds of thousands of flowers each day, transferring pollen from flower to flower and facilitating the production of local fruits and vegetables — these bees help provide nearly one-third of all the food we eat.
Liana Mironova added this to liana_mironova's Ideas
March 26, 2014
klitsner added this to garden
March 26, 2014
the article is of interest!
wbooda added this to wbooda's Ideas
March 26, 2014
The essence of life... the flowers and the bee
mamabrli added this to mamabrli's ideas
March 26, 2014
Bee keeping
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