Both plants and animals owe many thanks to the bees of the world but perhaps humans owe them the most appreciation. Our relationship with them began as early as the year 6000 BC in Spain when humans began to realise that plants were a decent meal and how easy it was to access these fruits and vegetables. since then, we’ve been taking advantage of their honey as a food source, medicine and form of currency, wax as a binding material and for candle-making.
The benefits that bees bring to our farmland and crops are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat.
In fact, they are responsible for pollinating more than 90 of our traditionally favourite flowering crops such as apples, asparagus, avocados, blueberries, broccoli, celery, cherries, citrus crops, cranberries, cucumber, kiwi, melons and many more.
An estimated 80% of food in grocery stores is available on the shelves, thanks to bee pollinated crops. We owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect.
Bears are perhaps the most well known hive raiders, but other animals such as birds, bats, raccoons, skunks and countless insects are just a few of the other wild species who will willingly take advantage of the contents of a newly broken open hive. Many times not only will honey be eaten, but the energy and protein packed bee larvae will be as well.
Pollinating flowers and contributing to the beauty of the planet’s flowering landscapes may be the bees’ perhaps simplest and least economically important actions, but it’s certainly its most stunning one.
By keeping flowers pollinated, bees help the flowers growth and provide attractive habitats for other animals such as insects and birds.