Why should you help a bee?
Well, they are our number one pollinators! So, every apple, strawberry, cucumber and any other fruit or vegetable that you like, grows, in part, thanks to a bee. As they go from flower to flower in search of nectar they cross-pollinate at the same time.
No bees = no fruits, vegetables or flowers.
Bees are in trouble and they need our help.
- pesticides that we spray on crop fields are killing bees
- pesticides that we spray to kill mosquitoes and other insects that we don't like, are killing bees
- fields that were once wild grasses and flowers, where the bees live naturally, have been turned into farmland for crops that we spray with pesticides
- a virus has invaded many bee hives and is making the bees very weak
So what can you do?
- If you see a bee, stay out of its way, it has a big job to do. Many bees do not sting at all and most are not aggressive, meaning they will not bother you if you do not bother them.
- Plant some wild flowers, just a few will do, making the bee's job a little easier.
- Don't use pesticides on your grass or garden. It's not good for bees - or you.
- Take a moment to watch a bee as it buzzes around the flowers you planted. Listen to the sound their wings make, notice how carefully they go into each flower and how wonderfully furry they look!
Just remember, when you see a bee, look but don't touch!