|Carol Foster poses in front of a painting-in-progress|
We’ve cleaned up our act a bit from last year’s Trash-themed Greatest Party on Earth and have started to focus more on the little things…like bees! While small in stature, bees play a huge role in our environment, ecosystem, and lives! We’ve been studying their shape, size, color, and patterns and AFH teens and mentors are transforming our newfound bee-knowledge into works of art! So, while we prepare for the 7th annual Greatest Party on Earth, here are some facts we’ve learned that we’d like to share and join in our bee-appreciation! And remember…you can buy your tickets now at a discounted price, while it lasts!
*Bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
*A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.
* A productive hive can make and store up to two pounds of honey a day. Thirty-five pounds of honey provides enough energy for a small colony to survive the winter.
*Bees have two stomachs. Some nectar goes into a bee's main stomach to digest for food and energy, the rest of the nectar goes into a special stomach where the bee can process the nectar into honey and transport it back to the hive.
*Beeswax is secreted from the bee's glands and is used to build the honeycomb. Humans use beeswax in drugs, cosmetics, artists' materials, furniture polish and candles.
*Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.
*Honeybees participate in a highly organized society, with various bees having very specific roles during their lifetime: some are nurses, guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers, royal attendants, undertakers, and foragers.
*It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
*A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
*Honeybees aren’t native to America…they were brought to America by Europeans.
*Hope we’ve piqued your interest…. And hope to see you at this year’s GPOE!!