Adventure Guide Brian says, “When you get over the fear factor of getting stung, the sense of order and wonder you get from a beehive is beyond belief. 40,000-60,000 bees working in unison. Their sense of smell is better than any hound dog.” (According to several sources, a bee’s olfactory sense is as much as 100 times more sensitive than a human’s nose.)
They communicate with something called a “waggle dance,” which they can do in the pitch dark of a hive. (The dance is based on the position of the sun, and it tells the other bees which direction and how far to fly to gather nectar.)
And, they are such hard workers. The average worker honeybee makes 1/10th of a teaspoon of honey in her life (The National Honey Board says 1/12th – but either one is pretty darn impressive). Humans can take 3/4 of their crop and they still have enough to eat and survive through the winter.
One third of every piece of food we put in our mouth is bee-dependent. (According to National Honey Bee Day, some people estimate 50-80% of the entire world’s food supply is directly or indirectly affected by the honeybee.) For example almonds are 100% dependent on bee pollination.
Bees are so vital to our agricultural production that bee advocate, Brian, wants you to come and maybe meet a few. This month the Tupelo Honey Festival lands on the mossy banks of Lake Alice. But, if you miss it, you are always invited to swing by Smiley’s for a honey tasting and a bee loving lesson!
Updated: Dec 07, 2017 23:55
Published: May 19, 2015 21:25