- What are Honeybees and What Do They Do?
You’ve probably heard a lot about bees on the news and why bees are so important for the environment and for economies worldwide. However, there is a multitude of bee types, with the honeybee being one of the most important and numerous of any of the bee types. So the question then is what exactly is a honeybee. Not many people understand the great importance of these tiny little creatures, and therefore the following gives a brief background on what a honeybee is, what they do, and why they are so important.
2. What are Honeybees and Where Can They Be Found?
Firstly, as with any other bee, honeybees are flying insects and can be found in any region of the world except for the North or South poles. Usually, you can find honeybees living together in a colony, led by a single queen bee and a few thousand worker bees all scouring together to make honey and pollinate flowers. Rarely will you ever see a honeybee by itself, but if you do just remember that there are probably hundreds right around the corner.
3.How Do They Pollinate Flowers?
The honeybee is, in fact, the most important pollinator of flowers in the world; without them, many of the fruits and vegetables that we eat would simply not exist. And there is a good reason why honeybees are the greatest population of successful pollinators in the world.
Firstly, honeybees can trap pollen on their bodies thanks to their thick fuzz or body hair, making it much easier to transfer between flowers. Also, because these bees require great amounts of nectar to properly care for their young, honeybees will visit numerous flowers before returning to the hive; and many honeybees are doing this simultaneously, achieving an even greater number of flowers being pollinated.
3. How do They Make Honey?
Worker bees can be frequently seen pollinating flowers and collecting nectar, which is brought back to the hive. Inside the hive, bees will break down the nectar into two sugars that are much easier to work with — glucose and fructose. These sugars are then carefully placed in individual cells of a honeycomb. However, the “honey” isn’t just left like that; rather, the bees will use their wings to remove excess moisture and other substances to help make the honey have the consistency that we are all so used to. And once the moisture is all removed, the bees will surround the cell with beeswax, helping to preserve it for a later use. This is the stage that we are normally used to eating!
3. Anything Else?
Honeybees are important, not just for making delicious honey that we put on our toast, but also for ensuring that other fruits and flowers are also produced. Found in practically all regions
Honeybees are important, not just for making delicious honey that we put on our toast, but also for ensuring that other fruits and flowers are also produced. Found in practically all regions of the world, these little insects work long and hard, going from flower to flower and ensuring that pollination occurs