Un-BEE-lievable Facts

Bees are a hugely important part of our world; they help to pollinate plants that create the food that we eat. We’ve teamed up with Emily from @ohdeeremily, a bee expert based in Manchester. She has shared some of her favourite facts about these cute fuzzy creatures.

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  1. When people think about bees, they often picture honeybees—but in the UK alone, there are over 270 different species of bee. Roughly 250 of these species are solitary bees, and there is just one type of honeybee.

 

  1. Did you know that bumblebees have smelly feet? Some bumblebees have a special substance on their feet that rubs off when they land on a flower. This helps other bees to know if the flower has already been visited.

 

  1. Honeybees are great dancers! They perform a special routine known as the ‘waggle dance’ to talk to other members of their hive. This dance contains information about where to find patches of flowers, water, or new nests.
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  1. The best way to help bees is to grow lots of native flowers. You don’t need heaps of space; you can even grow flowers in a window box. Providing your local bees with yummy flowers is a fantastic way to help them thrive.
  1. A sleepy-looking bee isn’t always in danger! Some species hibernate over winter, and when they’re waking up it can look like they’re in trouble. However, if you spot a bee who has been struggling to fly for some time, you can give them a helping hand. The best thing to do is to place them on a nearby flower. If there aren’t any flowers around, make a sugar solution with 1 part water to 1 part white sugar, and place a few drops near the bee.

Interested to learn more about how to help save bees from endangerment? Click here for Emily’s top tips.

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