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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Think twice before you swat a bee!

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During summertime I can get completely mesmerized observing a bee flying from flower to flower. I find its 'work-ethics' just amazing to watch. A bee beats its wings 11,400 times per minute... thus making its distinctive buzz. This means an astonishing 684,000 beats per hour - more than half a million times an hour!!! Here's a few more bee facts:

  • A bee visits between 50-100 flower in one collection trip (just think how many flowers this adds up to in a single day).
  • The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • The worker honey bees are female and lives 6-8 weeks and do all the work.
  • The male honey bees are called drones, and the do no work at all, have no stinger, all they do is mating.
  • It is the ONLY insect that produces edible food for humans and, as many will know, honey has many healing properties.

So in return for their effort... you might want to choose a more 'bee friendly' way to make a bee go away if you feel it's getting too close. Simply keep a water spray at the ready - a couple of whiffs will make the bee believe it's raining and it will go back home!

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