Honey Bees are some of the most interesting beneficial insects to observe in nature. THAT’S RIGHT . . . I said beneficial insect. We know there are a lot of people who hear the word INSECT and don’t even begin to think “beneficial.”
The truth is there are FAR MORE beneficial insects than insects that are pests, and honey bees and other pollinators are one group of beneficial insects. Honey Bees have been in the news a lot over the last few years due to the unexplainable Colony Collapse Disorder and other problems threatening the overall health of the pollinator population.
Pollinators are very important for making sure we have a healthy and sustainable food source since they transfer pollen between plants and improve the quantity of food each plant produces. If you go even deeper, they not only assist in the creation of plant foods for human consumption, but they also provide plant foods for the rest of the plant eating animals one earth.
Certain types of wasps, beetles, ants, butterflies, moths and other types of bees are also instrumental pollinators, and are actually described as more efficient than honeybees. Honey Bees are random pollinators and will gather a little bit of pollen here and there from different plants and take it back to their colony to make honey. Other pollinator insects very efficiently target specific types of flowers and vigorously collect pollen.
The difference in Honey Bees and other pollinator insects is that the Honey Bees are a social insects usually living in a colony of thousands of bees, and are more controllable than other solitary pollinators. Though they do exist in nature without man’s intervention, they also live in man-made bee hives that can be taken from one place to another for the pollination of specific crops.
There are some dangerous varieties of Honey Bees, sometimes referred to as “killer bees”, that are very aggressive and can cause death by an anaphylactic reaction to multiple stings. Overall, Honey Bees are usually not aggressive and can simply be watched without being a threat. If you encounter a Honey Bee hive, or a swarm of bees, it is best to leave them alone since the most common place for an aggressive behavior is when they are protecting their hive. If you are allergic to bees, keep a good distance away from their hive for your own safety, and consult your doctor about how to limit your risk of allergic reaction while outdoors.
If you have any questions about Honey Bees, or what to do if you see them in your yard, Call (770) 716-0867 TODAY and ask for me, Glenn Laney . . . I’ll be happy to speak with you any time.
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