Colony collapse and so many hazards are very real, and it's interesting to think there may be a sacred bond between honey bees and humans.
These exquisite beings once thrived on biodiversity, flora and trees in the wild.
Now they are housed in boxes, trucked across country and enslaved in the multi-billion-dollar pollination business.
Their freedom and joy in many instances have disappeared; is it any wonder they are disappearing and abandoning their homes?
Once treasured by gods and humans, bees were revered and considered to be magical creatures with the power to move between the worlds and create culinary and medicinal treats for gods and goddess.
We may live in a less magical world today, but our ancestors never took bees for granted.
Bees don't just feed us, the gifts they share with humans should be valued as the treasures they are.
How do you define the word PRECIOUS? Ponder this…
Honey bees tap 2,000,000 flowers to make just 1 pound of honey.
A hive of bees flies over 55,000 miles to bring you one pound of honey.
A worker bee ingests 6-8 pounds of honey to produce 1 pound of beeswax.
The average US person consumes 1.3 pounds of honey every year.
All this while they pollinate one-third of every bite you put in your mouth.
Thank the bees for all their hard work, selfless dedication, sacrifice for humanity.
Honey is said to be the only food that contains all life-sustaining substances necessary for the human body, including water, minerals, enzymes and vitamins.
“Pinocembrin” is an antioxidant that improves brain function. Honey is the only food identified so far that contains it.
The bee’s oval-shaped brain is the size of a sesame seed, and performs complex calculations about distance, travel mileage and foraging efficiency.
Bees have an incredible capacity to learn and retain information, and they communicate about foraging areas by dancing and releasing pheromones.