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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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It has been said that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Most crops grown for their fruits (including vegetables such as squash, cucumber, tomato and eggplant), nuts, seeds, fiber (such as cotton), and hay (alfalfa grown to feed livestock), require pollination by insects, and there is an entire industry of bee breeders that supply this important service.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!"

HINT: (1674-1748), was an English Christian hymnwriter, theologian and logician.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Honeybees use the sun as a compass and know how far to the left or right of the sun they must fly. When close to the hive, they can recognize landmarks such as trees and make a "beeline" for home.

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In winter, honeybees cluster in the center of their wax house. They eat honey continuously to generate heat for the hive. In the heat of summer, worker bees fan their wings quickly to set up cooling air currents.

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Beeswax from honeycombs is used to make chewing gum, lipsticks and crayons. Because it burns slowly and has a pleasant smell, it is also formed into pure beeswax candles.

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Each hive has on queen bee. She is larger than the rest and has a long abdomen that looks somewhat like a wasp. A queen bee can live three to six years, much longer than other bees in the hive. Her only responsibility is to lay eggs which produce more bees.

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Drone bees are males that don't do any work other than mating with the queen to produce fertile eggs. Drones rarely leave the hive and don't have stingers for self defense. When the winter food supply gets low, worker bees push the defenseless drones out of the hive and into the cold to die.

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Worker bees are females who don't lay eggs and do almost all of the work around the hive. They live only four to five weeks during the summer, but clean the hive, feed bee larvae and take care of the queen. Workers also build new honeycombs and protect the hive's entrance, as well as collect nectar and pollen for the hive colony.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!"

ANSWER: Isaac Watts.

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