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Since one in three bites of food is made possible by pollinators, they are crucially important to the future of our food. Learn how honeybees help to grow some of your favorite foods and steps you can take to protect these insect MVPs.
Thanks to bees and their pollinating powers, we have fresh, healthy food to eat all season long. Learn how honeybees help pollinate some of your favorite veggies and fruits.
1. Honeybees have millions of tiny hairs on their bodies. Basically, they are like tiny flying teddy bears!
2. When they land on a flower looking for nectar, some of the pollen from that flower sticks to the hairs on the honeybee.
3. Then, when the honeybee visits another flower, some of the pollen from the first flower rubs off on the next one.
4. When this happens, it helps the flower to reproduce, or make more of itself. It’s also super important for fruits, nuts and veggies. Without pollination, the plant can’t make these healthy foods for us to eat!
Honeybees tell each other where to find food. If they find flower patches full of nectar, they let others in their hive know with something called a WAGGLE DANCE.
The waggle dance kind of looks like a figure eight, and it communicates two things: how far away the food is from the hive, and which direction to fly to find it.
First, the honeybee flies a half-circle in one direction, then flies straight while waggling her abdomen back and forth. Then she flies a half-circle in the other direction. If she found a lot of food, she’ll repeat the dance several times!
And the faster the dance, the closer the food.
Bees watch the waggle dance and decode the directions, then head off to find their sweet treat.
Learn from SciShow Kids about how bees help pollinate some of your favorite fruits!