In the book, Buzz’s favorite thing to do is to fly around
the flower trees and eat the flower’s delicious nectar. What is nectar? Nectar
is a sugary liquid found inside of a flower. It is food for many animals and
insects like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. While Buzz feasts on the
nectar, pollen sticks to his fur. What is pollen? It’s a fine powdery substance
that is found in flowers. As Buzz lands on flowers in his favorite tress, he
transfers pollen from flower to flower which causes them to produce seeds and
fruits. This whole process is called pollination. Insects and animals that
pollinate are called pollinators.
Did you know that pollination is responsible for many of
the crops and flowers, and bees play a big role? According to The US Department
of Agriculture, “In the United States one third of
all agricultural output depends on pollinators.” And according to NASA, “Bees
are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in
the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops.” Bees also make
Although bees may seem scary, many of the
things we eat depend on them. Don’t be afraid of bees. They won’t intentionally
hurt you. As a matter of fact, if they sting you they will lose their stinger
and die. So next time you see a bee, don’t be afraid, help create a habitat
that promotes them, so you too can feast on the delicious treats they help produce.
Here are some simple steps you can take to
attract pollinating honey bees to your yard:
· Plant colorful, native bee friendly flowers by researching some that
are native to your area.
· Plant vegetable and fruit plants that attract honey bees like
strawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, broccoli, melons, pumpkins, and
· Plant flowering trees that attract honey bees like apple, peach, cherry,
and even almond trees.
· Honey bees like herbs too. You can plant herbs chives, basil, oregano
and mint to attract more bees. These are delicious for cooking too.
· Make a freshwater bee bath; pollinators need water too.
· Provide a bee shelter. Research how you can start building a small
· Don’t use pesticides of any kind. They are poisonous to bees.