Did you know that every year there is a special day dedicated to all the bees in the world? That's right, every May 20th we pay tribute to these extraordinary creatures, their fascinating way of life and all the good they do for our planet.
World Bee Day was established by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of bees and the crucial role they play in the conservation of our natural environment. In other words, the main purpose of this day is that more people will be aware of how amazing bees really are!
For many of us, bees are simply flying insects that you sometimes find in the garden that can sting you if you bother them or if you get too close. There is no doubt that bees are certainly one of the most underrated insects in the world. It's time we get closer to them and really see them for the wonderful and amazing creatures they are.
Curiosities about the world of bees
We all know what bees look like, for the most part. We know that they are hardworking creatures and that they produce honey. But what else do we really know about them?
There are over 20,000 bee species in the world. We observe them, we take care of them, we support them, we learn from them.
A teaching for us humans:
Bees make truly democratic decisions, they are a super organism and this way of deciding could be a great thing for us humans to learn. After all, it took about 80 million years for their social behavior to evolve. What lessons could we get from the way they behave?
So bees are hairy like puppies, beautiful and also wise and interesting. They help us eat, they are all around us and they also work for our benefit.
Take care of the bees and celebrate World Bee Day with us!
Honey bees are at risk of extinction
If this comes as a shock to you, then you are not alone. Most people are unaware of the dangers that honey bees have faced in recent years. While it appears that bees are quite common insects, the truth is that they are facing extinction. There are several factors that contribute to this risk, including the loss of natural bee habitats, the use of modern farming methods, the spread of bee pests and diseases, and even the prevalent use of Wi-Fi, which appears to can interrupt the sense of orientation for bees, even if it is not scientifically proven to date.
Only female bees can sting.
Here it is. That's right, we've already debunked the myth that all bees will sting you.
I who have 5 beehives in my house, I never get stung when I visit them, but I have to pay attention when I open their houses. I usually listen to their hum and their flight. Already these two factors give me an idea if the hive is calm and peaceful or if they are nervous and sensitive.
Learning to perceive their state of mind is essential for not getting stung. In fact, when they are quiet you can open the hive and handle them with your bare hands without any problem.
If, on the other hand, they are nervous and agitated, you can tell immediately by the high and nervous tone of their buzz and their flight is less sinuous, more snappy. Bees lose their lives if they sting a human because once the sting is introduced into the skin, they can no longer extract it. By wriggling, the sting gets stuck and also takes away part of their intestines, killing them. So bees don't really care about stinging!
In fact, usually before stinging, they approach your face and sometimes collide with your clothes to warn you to stay away. In this case, it is better to leave them alone.
In addition, there are more than 500 species of bees that do not even have a stinger, be they male or female. They will only make the effort to sting you if you threaten them. So the next time you see a bee, there is no need to panic and think you will get stung because there is actually a very low probability of this happening.
Bees have two stomachs
One of the stomachs is for storing and digesting one's food, while the other is for storing honey.
Fun ways for kids to celebrate World Bee Day
There is no better way to start the awareness and appreciation campaign for bees than to introduce them to our children. To begin with, we need to teach them that bees are not to be feared. There is a widely held idea that bees sting when you get close to them - this is not entirely false as they may sting, but only when they feel threatened. Otherwise, there is really no need to be afraid of bees and children should be aware of that.
So World Bee Day is around the corner and to celebrate, here are some fun and educational activities you can do with your kids on this special day.
Visit an apiary
An apiary or beehive is a rather exciting place for children to visit. If you've never been there, you will also find it a rather fascinating experience. Here, children can see firsthand how bees work to produce the honey they are so famous for. You can also take a guided tour of the facility and see how beekeepers take care of these wonderful insects.
If your community doesn't have an apiary, you can find one online that offers an online tour. It's not reality, but at least it can still open your kids' eyes to the world of bees and how useful they are to the world.
Create bee-themed artwork
If you want to do something a little closer to home, you can do a little art activity for bees! This could be anything from simply observing bees in the garden, to drawing bee characters, to creating elaborate beeswax candles. You can take a look at Pinterest where you will find great crafting ideas that will not only celebrate the bees, but also enhance your kids' creativity!
Start a garden
Even if you already have a garden or large yard, you can spend Bee Day planting multiple flowering plants in your space. If you live in an apartment building, you can still create your own small pollinator garden by using pots or other containers and placing them outside the window or on the terrace.
What's really great about this activity is that it's not only a fun way for kids to learn more about bees, but they can also get personally involved in saving these amazing creatures by helping provide them with more homes.
Thank you for your attention, happy world bee day!
Founder of Apepak