World Bee Day – 20th of May

World Bee Day – 20th of May

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Bees. Maybe they scare you? Are you afraid of getting bitten by one? Did it happen before maybe? Well, we understand your pain, but maybe you are looking at this extraordinary bug the wrong way. And that is why we are here! We at VocApp want to help you understand and maybe even love this amazing insect that is SO important to this world and learn more about World Bee Day!

Stay with us and learn all you can about bees! Learn about beekeeping and about the World Day of Bees. Also, we will end with some interesting facts about bees!

The date 20th of May – United Nations

The celebration of World Bee Day is a project of the United Nations. It has the premise of raising awareness for the importance of bees, as well as honor Anton Janša. This man, born in the 18th century, pioneered in modern beekeeping techniques, in Slovenia. The 20th of May is his birthday and therefore the World Bee Day happens on this day.

It is the UN’s intention to create measures that will help beekeepers raise bees without damage. It is also essential for the sustainability of the world to protect this bug.

The Importance of Bees

The objective of the United Nations is to preserve and protect bees, together with raising awareness for their importance. However, the question is raised: Why are bees important?

Bees are among the few pollinators species in the world, with bats, butterflies and hummingbirds. What does this mean? Well, it means that bees allow many plants and food crops to reproduce. They contribute directly for food security, but also for the conservation of biodiversity. This last point is what makes it so important for the UN to protect bees. The conservation of biodiversity is a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Above all, bees serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks and as a sign for the health of local environments and ecosystems. 

Why are Bees threatened?

With all the great and obvious relation bees have with the environment and its evolution, you may now wonder why they are at risk? What has been done to the bees and to all pollinators for their lives to be at stake? Well, it all comes down to human activity. Intensive agriculture, pesticides, climate change and so on.

The fast changing environment around us makes it difficult for bees to adjust. So, what can we do to save the bees?

How to save the Bees?

Everyone can do something to help the bees and all the other pollinators! For example:

  • Plant nectar-bearing flowers as decoration on your balconies, terraces, or gardens.
  • Buy honey for your local beekeeper and help him have the means to continue protecting the bees!
  • If you can, set up a pollinator farm on your garden. It is not that difficult and you can built it yourself!
  • Use pesticides that do not harm bees. Spray them in windless weather when bees withdraw from blossoms.
  • Cut grass on meadows only after the nectar-bearing plants have finished blooming.

This are all very easy steps you can take starting today! It will not disrupt your life, but it will help save theirs!

Interesting facts about Bees

And know that you have learned so much about this special day, in addition to little tricks to help save this extraordinary life, learn some fun interesting facts about bees!

  • A honey hive consists of 3 types of bees only! The queen bee, with the role of procrastination and egg laying, worker bees and drone bees!
  • The queen bee is bigger than the other bees in the hive, and does only 1 flight in her whole life! When she is a virgin bee looking to mate.
  • The first job of a worker bee is to nurse the younger bees.
  • Drone bees are the laziest bees and only care about reproduction!
  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour!
  • Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing. 
  • Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!

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Written by Bárbara Marques

 

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