The 20th of May was World Bee Day. Did you miss it? It was designed to highlight awareness about Bees and celebrate the role they play in our environment.
Here’s some fun facts about Bees:
1. Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey 2. The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. 3. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour. 4. Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts. 5. The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
And lastly, Bees are sexy critters as they communicate with one another by dancing. It’s called the “waggle dance”. ( How’s that for trivia?)
I like Bees and encourage them to visit my garden with native flowering shrubs and a fertile vegetable patch. Currently, the sound of Bees at work pollinating the pumpkins filters around the neighbourhood, which sure beats the drone of lawn mowers and leaf blowers. Some neighbours even have pumpkins growing across footpaths.
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Last year, presumably because of the lack of rain, Bees were in short supply. We had to pollinate the pumpkins manually. Yep, vege porn. The pumpkin crop proved a huge success, thank goodness. Lots of soup to sustain us throughout winter.
I grew up with the children’s TV program, Romper Room, in the early 1960’s which encouraged my affection for Bees.
Mr. Do-Bee was an oversized bumblebee character who taught children proper manners. His sentences began with, “Do Bee good boys and girls for your parents!” Of course, there was a Mr. Don’t Bee to teach what not to do. How I longed for a Mr Do-Bee puppet…
Do-Bee good this weekend and have fun. Be kind a play safely.