Bees are inspirational. Bess can be found everywhere in the world except Antarctica. They are in every habitat that has flowering plants. There are over 20,000 kinds of bees. They range in size from the tiny stingless bee that is under 2 millimeters long to the Megachile pluto leafcutter bee who can be 39 millimeters long. Bees are insects that are closely related to wasps and ants.
Bees are born in eggs. The go through molts as a larva. Bees then go through their pupation stage and undergo metamorphosis where they emerge as winged adults. Solitary bees are important pollinators. Bees that live in communities or social colonies are also very important. They have cooperative brood care and a division of labor. The colony has a queen bee who is the mother bee. Worker bees are the queen bee’s daughters and drones are the male bees. Bumblebee colonies typically have 50 to 200 bees in their colony at a time. Some birds and insects are predators of bees. Bee fossils date extremely far back and their is evidence to support them co-evolving with flowering plants. Flowers developed longer tubes and bees developed longer tongues to collect the flower’s nectar.
Bees are mutualistic, their life benefits another living thing just as their life is benefited. Bees feed on flowering plants. When they travel from a flowing plant to another flowering plant ingesting the plants’ nectar, the plants are pollinated by the pollen that temporally travels on the bee. Beekeepers are people who collect the honey and beeswax that bees produce in their hives. Bees are important commercially, as well as, ecologically. Save the bees is a movement in response to the decline of wild bees. The value of pollination and hives of honey bees has gone up. Humans have been honey beekeepers for thousands of years. Bees are social creatures and are kept in their hives for honey, beeswax, pollen, and the royal jelly their hives produce. Bees also pollinate crops and produce more bees that can then be sold.
Bees are prevalent in mythology and folklore, as well as, literature. Honey was identified as food of the gods in Greek myths. Some academics say people have used the honey bee community as a model for human society. English folklore and authors such as Beatrix Potter and others have used bees in their stories. An animated film is another example illustrating the impact of bees on human society. Be inspired! Have a bright day!