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Here’s all the buzz about honeybees

Here’s all the buzz about honeybees

 

By Greg Uyeno 

 

This article from livescience.com is about honeybees and what they do. Domestic honey bees are called Apis mellifera. These Honeybees are all over the world; they are native to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and humans have introduced domestic honeybees around the world and it’s the only honeybee in the United States. They live in large colonies that include a single adult queen bee and tens of thousands of female worker bees, whose numbers change with the seasons. The queen bee is the only bee that lays eggs. Male honeybees, called drones, are only seen during the spring mating season and hatch from unfertilized eggs. The female worker bees, on the other hand, hatch from eggs that have been fertilized by drones. Bees are also very useful to humans. Honeybees produce several products that are useful to people, notably honey and beeswax. Honeybees also provide a valuable service by pollinating flowers as they forage, thus helping wildflowers reproduce and helping farms yield more and better produce. Many common agricultural crops require pollination in order to bear fruit or improve the quality of the fruit.  Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects. 

I think that this article is very interesting. Learning about these bees was very intriguing. I found the fact that Apis mellifera bees or domestic honey bees were introduced to America by humans interesting. I also did not know that it is the only type of honey bee we have here. I always see a lot of bees everywhere and there are over 4,000 types of bees in the U.S but the Apis mellifera is the only honey bee, I find that weird. Also it was cool to learn how much they help us by making honey and wax and also pollinating a lot of our food. It is really cool to think that around 30% of our food comes from pollinators like bees.