In honor of National Honey Bee Day (Saturday, August 17), Baby Einstein encourages families to protect our honey bees by launching a Be Curious about Bees campaign to share the important role bees in our everyday lives and raise support for nonprofit Planet Bee.
Unfortunately, bees are dying at record numbers. This has broad consequences as 80 percent of crops in the United States are pollinated by bees. By purchasing local honey or other bee byproducts, you are helping to ensure that bees can continue to thrive.
Did you know? Bees have different types of jobs depending on their age.
It’s true! There is a seniority system in honey bee hives. They earn their keep during the first days of life by cleaning their cells and then by feeding larvae before graduating to more glamorous duties like guarding the entrance.
Even after all of that hard work, there is no such thing as retirement among bees—but they do earn the privilege of spending their final days out in nature while collecting pollen.
Did You Know? We have bees to thank for two-thirds of our food.
They may be called “honey bees,” but they are responsible for so much more than a sweetener: Bees pollinate 80 percent of world’s crops, which helps put food on our tables, clothes on our bodies and so much more.
Although bees are able to fly up to three miles from the hive, it’s a shame to make them work overtime. By supporting beekeepers by buying local honey and other bee byproducts, you are also giving a boost to regional agriculture.
Did you know? Planting bee-friendly plants and flowers in your garden can benefit many types of bees.
By intentionally planting bee-friendly flowers and herbs in your garden, you are offering bees a one-stop destination to get their fill of nectar—while you get the benefit of a beautiful, blooming garden.
When you plant your own herb garden, you are doing your part to support local bees—while also making your meals that much more flavorful. Even if you are working with a small space, aim for a variety of herbs. This helps to ensure bees will have something sweet to pollinate throughout the planting season.
Some favorites for gardeners and bees alike:
- Sage, which has beautiful flowers that bloom from spring to summer
- Thyme for pink or purple blooms that are irresistible to bees during summer and fallParsley, which is also beloved by pollinating butterflies and hoverflies
- Rosemary for a bee-friendly early food source