Many people are afraid of bees and don’t really know much about them and why they are so important. Rattan Direct have created a fun and interactive quiz about honey bees so you can test your knowledge. Do you really know as much as you think?
Just how important are honey bees then?
You may find it hard to believe but bees are one of the hardest working creatures living on our planet. Lets take a look at just how important honey bees actually are and what their purpose is.
These little pollinators are vital to our food chain. Believe it or not, without bees 1/3 of the food we eat would be not available! They pollinate roughly 80% of all flowering crops, making them more really important.
Some of the main foods that wouldn’t be around if bees were to disappear include apples, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, nuts, broccoli and could even threaten the beef and dairy industry.
Not only are they vital to our food chain, honey bees create the most delicious honey which, along with it’s amazing taste, has a number of medicinal properties.
Are honey bees under threat?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Many organisations are trying to educate people by informing them just how important bees are and why we need them. This is because bees are slowly becoming extinct with a couple of species already believed to no longer exist on our planet.
It is becoming clear that other bee species are now under a similar threat and may become extinct as well. There are a number of changes occurring in the countryside which has lead to a lack of wild flowers growing, putting the bee under pressure.
Crop growing has increased which has resulted in there being less flower rich areas for bees to pollinate. Not only this, there has been a rise in the amount of chemicals and pesticides being used which has also reduced the number of flowers around.
There is something you can do to help!
Yes, you can help bees thrive by giving them plenty of flowers to visit in your garden. They love many different types but a few in particular include apple blossom, snapdragons, Buddleia, fox glove, sunflower and many many more.
If you have children, get them involved as well and maybe decorate a few plant pots before placing a plant within them.
Before you dive straight in, why not take Rattan Direct’s quiz first to see just how much you know about honey bees!