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.

What is Pollination?

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.

Waggle Dance

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.

Join Phineas and Ferb as they show us the Waggle Dance. Share your best waggle with #GiveBeesAChance!

What some of your food choices would look like in a world without bees...

Like fruit? Thank a bee!

Learn from SciShow Kids about how bees help pollinate some of your favorite fruits!

WAYS YOU CAN HELP PROTECT HONEYBEES

  1. Be a Honeybee MVP It’s getting harder to survive as a honeybee because of pesticide use and loss of habitat, but there are simple things you can do to support these important insects. Discover 6 easy (and fun!) ideas for helping honeybees.
  2. Organic Gardening Tips Go Organic! To help promote healthy ecosystems, chose organic foods for your table and plant organic seeds and seedlings for your garden. Check out these organic gardening tips to help our honeybee heroes.
  3. How to Eat a Rainbow Pollinators make so many colorful veggies and fruits possible, and we need a rainbow of fresh foods to keep our bodies healthy! Plus, supporting farmers who support honeybees makes the food supply more secure for everyone.

Partners for Pollinators

Learn how our supplier partners support honeybees when creating their products!