In the book, Buzz’s favorite thing to do is to fly aroundthe flower trees and eat the flower’s delicious nectar.
What is nectar? Nectaris a sugary liquid found inside of a flower. It is food for many animals andinsects like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. While Buzz feasts on thenectar, pollen sticks to his fur. What is pollen? It’s a fine powdery substancethat is found in flowers. As Buzz lands on flowers in his favorite tress, hetransfers pollen from flower to flower which causes them to produce seeds andfruits. This whole process is called pollination. Insects and animals thatpollinate are called pollinators. Did you know that pollination is responsible for many ofthe crops and flowers, and bees play a big role? According to The US Departmentof Agriculture, “In the United States one third ofall agricultural output depends on pollinators.
” And according to NASA, “Beesare important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops inthe US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops.” Bees also makehoney. Although bees may seem scary, many of thethings we eat depend on them. Don’t be afraid of bees.
They won’t intentionallyhurt you. As a matter of fact, if they sting you they will lose their stingerand die. So next time you see a bee, don’t be afraid, help create a habitatthat promotes them, so you too can feast on the delicious treats they help produce.Here are some simple steps you can take toattract pollinating honey bees to your yard:· Plant colorful, native bee friendly flowers by researching some thatare native to your area.
· Plant vegetable and fruit plants that attract honey bees likestrawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, broccoli, melons, pumpkins, andraspberries. · 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, oreganoand 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 smallbee house.
· Don’t use pesticides of any kind. They are poisonous to bees.