Bees & Our Environment

beeBees are more than those pesky insects that always appear at your family picnic as uninvited guests. The recent Colony Collapse Disorder, which is still be studied to determine its exact source, has had a serious impact on our environment. How’s that? Bees are the busiest food plant pollinators. Simply put, without bees we would lose many of our most common fruit and vegetable crops. The bees’ role in helping control the environment of the earth cannot be overestimated.

Here are some interesting facts to make you love your bees as much as we do.
• For 4500 years humans have managed bee colonies.
• The number of managed hives in the US today is at its lowest point in 50 years.
• There are three types of bees within a colony: the workers, the drones and the queen. There is only one queen per hive. Worker bees are always non=reproducing women and interestingly, the only bees that will attack.
• Honey bees are not native to the United States.
• A strong colony contains 40-60,000 bees.
• Honey bees never sleep.
• Honey bees have 5 eyes.
• Bees can fly up to 15 miles per hour.
• Honey is the only food that contains all the necessary nutrients to sustain life.

Stay tuned for upcoming Subaru sponsored events on the birds and the bees and our environment.

More info online:
Mother Nature Network, The Importance of Honeybees
Pollinator Partnership, List of Pollinated Foods
Food & Agriculture of the United Nations, Pollination & Human Livelihoods
Bee Magic, Bee FAQs