Honeybees

apiary2Honeybees are the most important pollinators of all. It has been estimated that about a third of all pollination is done by these wonderful creatures.

In fact, honeybees have evolved with this “mission” in mind. When a honeybee lands on a flower, the hair on its legs and upper body attracts and holds the pollen grains.

Interestingly, honeybees tend to collect pollen from the same type of flower—one at a time. As a result, chances are increased that the pollen from one flower will be transferred to another of the same species. To encourage honeybees to cross-pollinate, nature has evolved flowers that attract honeybees with nectar — a combination of water and sugar produced by plants.

As you tour the garden, you will see the honeybees busy at work!

Did you know?

    • Honeybees are the only insect in the world that make food that humans can eat.
    • Honeybees can fly 24 km in an hour at a speed of 15 mph. Their wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.
    • Honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! Honeybees have been here around 30 million years.
    • Between three to six weeks after taking its first flight, the average honeybee works itself to death, literally falling over from exhaustion.

Learn more about the broader implications of the honeybee crisis