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Royal jelly, in addition to having an impressive name, also has an impressive list of reported benefits and an absolutely fascinating origin story. Created deep in the hive, this protein-rich substance is typically reserved for the queen, though clever beekeepers can carefully harvest it for humans to consume and discover the many ways to use royal jelly.
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Pollination is an amazing and integral part of the entire biosphere, even though most people tend to associate pollen with allergies, sniffling, and sneezing. Pollen only becomes an adversary when there’s a surplus that, combined with air flow, ends up overwhelming those with pollen allergies. The rest of its existence consists of helping plants to bear fruit, flowers, nuts, and even ensuring the next generations of their species.
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Pollen contains a plant’s DNA; in order to reproduce and create edible components, this pollen needs to be spread quickly and efficiently. Plants and flowers, while incorporating some stunning evolutions over decades, have failed to grow arms and hands of their own. That means they must rely on pollinators - certain kinds of insects and animals - to do the important work of gathering and spreading pollen.

If you’ve ever watched a bee traveling from flower to flower, you’ve watched one of these pollinators at work.  In the course of gathering nectar and pollen to create honey and keep their hives healthy and strong, bees spread pollen from flower to flower. This, in turn, helps trees and flowers bear fruit and nuts, and ensures the next generations of that plant can continue to grow.

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While most people may recall the male reproductive part of a plant’s flower is called the stamen, did you know that the pollen-producing area is called the anther? It’s here that the pollen, which contains the fertilization properties that will later create plant life, are made. Most people are familiar with this substance, which is often spotted as a bright yellow dust-like residue on cars, windows, and nearby smooth surfaces. The anther will create an abundance of pollen in order to maximize the chances of producing offspring through plant reproduction.
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Pollinator week is a seven-day long Senate-appointed celebration of pollination, held each June. This special time is set aside to honor the insects and animals responsible for the types of pollination that fertilize one out of every three bites of food eaten by Americans every day. Without these creatures, everything from food to flowers would fail to grow and thrive, leaving us in an agricultural, weed-choked wasteland.
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Pollination ensures the survival of native plants, but it does so much more than that. While two flowering plants growing next to each other can cross-pollinate (with the help of a handy bee or another pollinator), sending genetic material beyond the immediate area supports biodiversity. A mix of both familiar and unfamiliar genetics gives plant offspring the best resistances against blight, defects, and other issues that could impact the health of its seeds. It allows a plant species with a minimal foothold in an area to grow and prosper, claiming more of its surrounding habitat. It helps reseed areas devastated by natural disasters, predators, or other damaging influences. Pollination is both a fast forward and a reset button, depending on the needs of the habitat surrounding it.
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Chances are, you’ve probably heard a particularly high-energy person referred to as a “worker bee” or a rank-and-file employee called a “drone” at some point. Both personality terms refer to a specific type of bee within a hive or colony, and together with the queen bee (another popular term!), they create a powerful and intriguing insect community. So what is the difference between a drone bee and a worker bee, anywayaren’t they just regular bees?
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Though almost everyone loves honeyone of nature’s sweet treatsmost people don’t give it a second thought when it comes to how it was produced; they just know it tastes delicious! But did you know that beekeeping is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years? In fact, the act of collecting honey has dramatically evolved over the course of history. In order to responsibly harvest this invaluable natural resource, there are a series of ethical and environmentally-safe practices that beekeepers must maintain. In this article, we’ll explore the elaborate process of apiculture, harvesting ethical honey, and what it takes to be a beekeeper todayincluding the fascinating evolution of beekeeping and how it affects our planet.
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There are numerous reasons why bees are dying off around the world. According to a recent USDA-sponsored survey administered by the Bee Informed Partnership, the current rate of mortality for bees in managed hives was 44% in 2016up 3.5% from the previous year. And while the “Colony Collapse Disorder” (or CCD) terminology refers to a specific phenomenon in which the majority of a hive abruptly abandon a queen, her larvae and full honey stores behind (sometimes overnight), the decline of honey bees across the planet is not simply the result of CCD alone, but a complex amalgam of ecological and industrial changes.

Here is an overview of some of the major risks posing a threat to honey bees’ health & productivity:

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It's a familiar title shared with social butterfliesno pun intendedand female leaders, but what does the queen bee do in a hive? While her human "peers" may be known for their active efforts, much of what the queen bee does for her hive is actually pretty passive. The reason she rules the roost is threefolda ruthless origin story, an extremely friendly flight, and a little better living through chemistry for the tens of thousands of bees in her waxy kingdom. So what is a queen bee, and what is her purpose in the hive?
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A bee colony is actually an impressive, hierarchical organization that is focused on efficiency and growth, not randomly harassing nearby creatures. Therefore, understanding the way a bee colony forms and how it really works is essential to living in harmony with these amazing and beautiful creatures, who are also an intrinsic part of our planet’s ecosystem.
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You may be surprised to learn that there are over 25,000 species of bees on our planet! You may have heard of the Apidae familywhich is often the most commonly known. This family encompasses honeybees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees. With these families, they all serve a specific duty as pollinators in our agricultural world.
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