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There's no sweeter sound to any gardener than the contented buzzing of pollen-happy bees as they flit from flower to flower. Luckily, bee-friendly plants prove to be some of the easiest flowers to find and grow.

That buzz is music to our ears — knowing that we're supporting pollinating insects while creating a flower-filled paradise in our yard.

And in exchange for providing a host of nectar plants for our little bee-buds, they return the favor by pollinating our vegetables and fruits as well.

If you also plant fruit trees or have a vegetable garden, just adding some bee-friendly plants nearby can increase your harvest yield by up to 24 percent!

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What You Need to Know About Bee-Friendly Plants

You may have heard about the alarming drop in the bee population worldwide. The good news is that honeybee populations are starting to recover.

But native bees — like bumblebees — also benefit when you add bee-friendly plants to your garden.

Most bee-friendly plants are easy to grow because they're native to the region. As well as ensuring that you'll be able to create a successful bee garden, using native plants also ensures that you you won't have to spend a lot of time and money coddling them.

Sunflowers are some of the easiest bee-friendly plants for the home garden.

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If you want to increase your garden harvest, support your local native bees and honeybees, and add beauty and drama to your landscape, consider adding bee-friendly plants and native flowers to your garden.

Why are native plants better for creating a pollinator garden that attracts bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds? 

Let's find out.

Bee friendly plants like poppies attract pollinators

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The Relationship Between Bees and Flowers

Your local bees have learned to love the native plants where you live. Over the many generations, they've have adapted to seeking them out for pollen.

Nature is filled with give-and-take relationships, known as symbiotic relationships. We see examples of these relationships in clownfish and sea anemones, cattle and birds, and bees and flowers.

Flowering plants rely on bees and other pollinators to reproduce. 

Without bees to pollinate flowers, produce fruit, and eventually seed, the plants would simply die off.

Bee-friendly plants in a garden

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However, this relationship isn't one-sided!

Bees rely on pollen and nectar, collected from various bee-friendly plants, to survive.

If bees don't collect these nutrients from various flowers, their hive will run out of food and eventually cease to exist.

Pollen is the yellow powder released from a plant's male flowers. This substance is needed to pollinate the plant's female flowers.

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Some flowers have both male and female parts — the stamen and pistil. But many rely on bees to transfer the pollen.

And while some of this pollen is brushed off on other flowers to pollinate them, bees do keep some of it for themselves. After all, pollen makes excellent food for bee larvae.

So we now understand the role pollen plays in this relationship.

But what is nectar?

Nectar is a sweet liquid produced by many flowering plants. For the plants, nectar serves no other purpose than to attract pollinators to its flowers. Essentially, nectar is a sugary bribe.

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Bees store nectar in their stomachs and carry it back to their hive. Then, they deposit the nectar into honeycomb cells, and the honey-making process begins.

If you've ever wondered why a hive's honey tastes different depending on which flowers the bees feed on, this is why!

How do bees and flowers communicate?

Obviously, bees are attracted to flowers because they provide delicious nectar.

But this isn't the full story:

Have you ever wondered how bees find flowers in the first place? Or why they prefer certain flowers in your garden over others?

Knowing the answers to these questions is essential to growing your own bee-friendly plants.

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Sunflowers are one of the most popular bee-friendly plants. Image via Pixabay

Believe it or not, bees and flowers communicate in ways invisible to the human eye.

First, let's look at how different bee-friendly plants communicate with these pollinators!

Flowers use changing colors, patterns, and scents to attract bees. Many flowers use ultraviolet wavelengths, which are invisible to the human eye but act like a vibrant bulls-eye for foraging bees.

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Flower shapes also play a role in pollination. The most bee-friendly plants offer flowers with an open or tubular shape. If a bee can't get to the flower's pollen and nectar, it will continue on its journey without stopping.

Bees also communicate with flowers.

For instance, check out how this bumblebee's vibrations prompt a flower to open:

But bees don't just benefit flowers.

These pollinators are also a vital part of keeping our environment diverse and thriving. Bees are also critical for the agricultural industry.

Why We Need Bees and Other Pollinators

While there are countless insects, birds, and other animals that act as pollinators, bees are by far the most important.

Bees pollinate more varieties of flowers than any other pollinator on earth.

But these insects aren't just essential to the bee-friendly plants in your garden. They also help pollinate most of the world's agricultural crops.

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According to the US Department of Agriculture, one in three foods we eat is the direct or indirect result of bee pollination.

The plants we eat rely on this pollination in two ways: to reproduce (creating more plants for harvest) and to produce fruit. Just take a look at some of the most common agricultural crops that rely on bees for pollination:

In recent years, honey bees and other pollinators have been responsible for up to $19 billion worth of annual crop pollination.

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In fact, many farmers have started maintaining beehives on the outskirts of their land to ensure adequate pollination. Others hire hives to come to their land and pollinate their crops.

And with around 80-percent of wild plants relying on these bees for survival, we aren't the only creatures who need the bees to ensure our food supply.

Where are the bees going?

Unfortunately, our bee population had been dropping for several decades.

There are a variety of reasons for this decline, but most experts say the following are the primary causes:

  • Colony Collapse Disorder
  • Insecticides
  • Parasites and disease
  • Climate change

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But, regardless of why the world's bee population is declining, the average gardener can plant bee-friendly plants to help them recover. 

Because without these pollinating powerhouses, home gardens and large farms won't be able to produce enough food.

Lavender is a sweet-smelling bee-friendly plant

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And while there may not much we can do yet about commercial agriculture, there's no reason home gardeners can't pick up some of the slack.

Imagine how many bees we could support if every home added bee-friendly plants to their landscape! 

Home gardeners can still offer a huge helping hand to their local bee colonies.

All they need to do is add flower beds, especially those filled with nature's more bee-friendly plants.

By providing native flowering, bee-friendly plants to your garden or landscaping beds, you can help keep the local bee population going strong. And that means both honeybees and native bees!

And by planting a variety of species that flower throughout the spring, summer, and fall, you'll ensure that these essential pollinators never go without a good meal.

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How to Create Your Own Bee-Friendly Plant Garden

When it comes to flowers, bees aren't very fussy. And that makes the chore of creating your own bee-friendly garden an extremely easy one!

In most cases, choosing a few bee-friendly plants is all it takes to draw local bees to your garden.

But for the most effective pollinator garden, we recommend following a few general guidelines:

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Pollinator garden with bee-friendly plants like coneflower. Image by USDA, CC by 2.0, via Flickr

Choosing a location

When choosing the location for your bee-friendly plants, you have to take into consideration the needs of your chosen plants. But you also have to pick somewhere that will attract the most bees.

To do that, you'll need to think like a bee.

You want at least part of your bee garden to be covered by shade during the day. If part of your garden has tree cover or other shelter, this will also help protect visiting bees from heavy rain.

On top of choosing the best general location for your garden, the placement of your bee-friendly plants is also important.

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The best strategy is to plant your chosen flowers in organized clusters. That allows your bee visitors to indulge in — and more efficiently pollinate — one type of flower with ease.

Some bee species will bounce between different varieties of flowers. Others, though, prefer to feed on only one type at a time.

Scattering your flowers might look more aesthetically pleasing if you're going for that wild-grown look, but it also means that these selective bees can't feed or pollinate as efficiently.

If their flowers of choice are too far apart, they may even return to the hive without getting their fill of nectar.

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Providing shelter

At the very least, you want to have a covered space in your bee-friendly plant garden that offers temporary shelter from the wind and rain.

But that's not all you can do!

Avoid mulching around your bee-friendly plants. Or at least leave some spots of bare soil uncovered.

Many native bee species, including the adorable bumblebee, burrow into the ground to nest. If your entire garden is covered in mulch, these bees won't be able to get the most out of your bee-friendly plants.

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If you must mulch your entire pollinator garden, consider leaving out some empty pots of soil or dirt.

These pots will provide shelter for burrowing bees in your garden. Just remember to place them somewhere that won't get soaked from rain or sprinklers.

Another option is to invest in some wooden bee houses. Old, untreated logs or lumber you have lying around can also serve as excellent makeshift shelters for nesting bees.

Of course, once you have your garden in place, you should check any of these structures for inhabitants before moving pots, dumping soil, or making any other changes that could harm your resident bees.

Offering water

Many eco-conscious gardeners overlook a key piece of caring for their local bees: water!

While bees rely on the flowers of bee-friendly plants for pollen and nectar, they also drink plain old water. And this resource can be difficult to find, especially in dry months.

So what can you do?

If you already have a birdbath in or near your pollinator-friendly garden, then you'll probably see bees and other insects taking advantage of this convenient water source.

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But if you don't already have standing water nearby, you should keep a bowl of water in your garden.

To create a bee water bowl, pick out a shallow dish that you don't mind keeping outside. Before filling the dish with water, add pebbles and rocks of varying sizes until it's about half-full.

From here, you can add water to the bowl. But don't completely submerge the rocks!

Your resident bees will use these dry rocks to safely drink from the bowl — without risk of drowning.

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Caring for your garden

Caring for your bee-friendly plants is pretty much the same as any other garden. But there is one critical thing to remember:

No insecticides!

Hopefully, you already avoid using insecticides in your garden or use an organic alternative. But if you do use these chemicals, now is the time to stop.

Insecticides might prevent infestation from harmful insects like aphids and leafcutters, but they can also hurt or kill entire bee colonies.

You should avoid using chemical insecticide on your bee-friendly plants. But we also encourage you to reconsider using these chemicals on any of your flowering plants.

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If you're in search of an insect-repellent than won't harm your local bees, you do have some options.

Here are some of our favorite alternatives to chemical insecticides and the pests they work against the best:

Products

Insects / Pests

Neem oil

aphids, spider mites, powdery mildew

Epsom salt

slugs, snails, beetles

Aluminum foil

(wrapped around the plant's stem)

aphids

Essential oils

bees and butterflies

Garlic

aphids, ants, white flies, caterpillars

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Our favorite thing about these natural pest-control options is that they act as repellants rather than poisons. So you can keep pests away from your bee-friendly plants without causing any actual harm to them.

Before using any insecticide or pesticide on your bee-friendly plants, even if it is labeled as natural or organic, we recommend researching the ingredients first.

After all, the last thing you want to do is inadvertently hurt your local bee colony.

The Best Bee-Friendly Plants for Your Garden

We've finally come to the fun part of starting a pollinator garden — choosing the best bee-friendly plants.

One of the most important tenets of creating a bee-friendly garden is choosing plants that will bloom in succession. The goal is to keep a steady supply of pollen and nectar available throughout spring, summer, and fall.

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While most of these bee-friendly plants do just fine in a wide variety of climates, we recommend checking your area's hardiness zone before going out and buying a supply of seeds or transplants.

If you find that your geographical region is either too cold or too hot for most of the flower varieties we've listed below, we suggest reaching out to a regional university's horticulture or agriculture program. Or even a local gardening club.

With help from one of these organizations, you should be able to find native, bee-friendly plants better suited to your local climate.

That said, let's get started!

bee friendly plants like cosmos attract many beneficial insects to your yard

Cosmos are a favorite bee-friendly plant. Image CC0 via Pixabay

Spring

For bees, the start of spring means preparing for the next generation.

Here's what that means:

After a long winter, bees need to collect plenty of pollen and nectar to replenish their hive supplies or, if a solitary species, replace personal energy lost during the winter.

They will also need more water than usual to liquefy thickened honey.

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Toward the end of spring, young worker bees will be entering the field for the first time!

At this time, your local colonies will be out in full force collecting tons of valuable pollen and honey.

In this important time of year for colony development, what bee-friendly plants can you keep in your garden?

Crocuses are bee friendly plants emerge on early spring

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The crocus is an extremely dainty flower that is one of the first to emerge after winter's frost has dissipated.

With strong scents and a range of colors, these bee-friendly plants draw bees out from their winter slumber. And with a bloom that sits somewhere between an open and tubular shape, these flowers are the perfect size and shape for foraging bees.

Here's how to grow them:

  1. Crocuses grow from corms, a type of bulb, and will return year-after-year. For the best results, plant crocus corms in your garden a few weeks before your area's first expected frost.
  2. If you choose to mulch your garden, you will need to remove it in the early spring if you want your crocus sprouts to break through the soil. You can also spread crocuses in a blanket across your yard for a beautiful burst of spring color.
  3. These bee-friendly plants are hardy in Zone 3 through Zone 8. However, different varieties may have different temperature tolerances.

Lilacs are favorites for bees and gardeners alike

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Lilacs are bee-friendly plants that make great shrubbery for any landscape.

These fragrant flowers draw in all types of pollinators from far and wide. But bees are particular fans of the lilac. Since lilacs bloom in large clusters, bees can easily bounce from blossom to blossom as they collect pollen and nectar.

Take a look at what you can do with this plant:

  1. The most common type of lilac bush blooms in mid-to-late May, making it one of the best bee-friendly plants for late spring.
  2. Most lilac bushes grow between 5 and 15 feet tall. We recommend planting these bushes as a backdrop to your garden or along your house.
  3. Lilac bushes are hardy in Zone 3 through Zone 8. But some varieties of these bee-friendly plants can survive into Zone 2 and Zone 9.

Bees like roses as they produce large quantities of nectar

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Roses technically toe the line between a spring and a summer bloomer.

But since most of these bee-friendly plants bloom closer to the end of spring, they can help bridge the gap between crocuses and lilacs and strong summer bloomers.

Bees love roses because they produce large quantities of decadent nectar.

However, remember this:

The most important thing about using roses as one of your bee-friendly plants is choosing the right varieties.

Bees prefer roses with open petals that are easy to land on

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However, remember this:

The most important thing about using roses as one of your bee-friendly plants is choosing the right varieties.

  1. Roses come in a range of shapes. But when we think of a rose flower, we normally think of double-petal varieties.
  2. However, these dense clusters of petals are extremely difficult for most bees to penetrate. Instead, you want to plant single-petal varieties that offer a nice, open bloom.
  3. Roses are great bee-friendly plants because there are so many different cultivars. We recommend visiting your local nursery or garden center to find the best rose bush for your particular climate

Summer

Once the heat of summer hits, your resident bees will need plenty of water to maintain their own body temperatures as well as the temperature of their hives.

In addition to keeping themselves cool, the local bee colonies will also start thinking about winter. That means collecting as much pollen and nectar as they possibly can.

Fortunately, summer offers plenty of bee-friendly plants to include in your garden.

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Bee balm is one of the best bee friendly plants that blooms in the summer

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As the name implies, bee balm is one of the best bee-friendly plants for summer.

Growing this North American woodland plant is easy:

  1. The blossoms of these bee-friendly plants look like a cross between wild honeysuckle and daisies. You can find different shades fo bee balm in pinks, yellows, and white. But the most popular color is vibrant purple.
  2. Picking spent blossoms from your bee balm plants will help encourage further flower production.
  3. Since bee balm is a member of the mint family, you might even notice a fresh, clean fragrance filling your garden during the summer months!
  4. Bee balms do best in Zone 4 through Zone 6. But most varieties can survive in up to Zone 9 with proper care.

Lavender is a fragrant flower that is one of the most bee friendly plants around

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According to a two-year study, lavender blooms are actually one of the most bee-friendly plants around!

Here's why:

  1. These super fragrant flowers might look too small for the average bee to access, but they are actually just right.
  2. And since lavender grows in clusters, bees can effectively bounce from plant to plant with relative ease.
  3. The most important thing when growing lavender is to not overwater. While these plants are extremely drought-tolerant, they can succumb to overly moist soil.
  4. Most lavender plants are only hardy from Zone 5 through Zone 9. But more cold-resistant varieties of these bee-friendly plants are being developed as we speak!

Sunflowers large blooms attract bumblebees with its tons of nectar

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The sunflower is a classic backyard garden addition. But these oversized yellow flowers are also great bee-friendly plants during the summer.

The sunflower's large blooms offer tons of nectar for hungry bees and other pollinators.

There are two types of sunflower you can plant in your garden: annual and perennial. While perennial varieties will come back every summer, they won't actually bloom until at least their second year.

Sunflowers are a great option for backyard gardeners who want to utilize more bee-friendly plants in their landscaping.

But be aware:

  1. These large plants can choke out other flowers. Make sure that you leave enough room between each of your sunflowers and between your sunflowers and other bee-friendly plants in your garden!
  2. Since, traditionally, sunflowers are annuals, they do not have a hardiness zone designation from the USDA.

Blackeyed Susans are loved by honeybees and native bees

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As far as bee-friendly plants are concerned, blackeyed Susans are some of the most foolproof.

You might also see these wildflowers marketed under the names Gloriosa daisy or browneyed Susan.

Look how easy this plant is to grow:

  1. These bright yellow flowers bloom throughout the entire summer and are extremely tolerant of heat and drought. They are also self-seeding and thrive in all types of soil.
  2. The coloring on these flowers attracts all types of bees — but especially honeybees — and the blooms provide plenty of nectar throughout the summer months.
  3. Blackeyed Susans even extend into fall with some blooming through October!
  4. If you want to grow these bee-friendly plants in your own garden, you're in luck. Blackeyed Susans thrive anywhere from Zone 3 through Zone 9.

Fall

As the summer months draw to a close and temperatures slowly drop, winter is on everyone's mind.

This includes the bees.

While bees spend summer collecting tons of pollen and nectar for their winter food stores, some will continue collecting into fall.

To help out these last-minute foragers, you can plant one of the bee-friendly plants below!

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Stonecrop flower blooms in the fall

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Until very recently, the stonecrop flower was known as a type of sedum.

But not anymore:

  1. While the name has technically changed, you will probably see these bee-friendly plants marketed under both names!
  2. These plants are succulents, meaning they do well in hot and dry conditions.
  3. The most popular type of stonecrop, Autumn Joy, is a great addition to any pollinator garden.
  4. Since these bee-friendly plants bloom from late August to November, they help fill the gap between summer and winter for your resident bees.
  5. Whether you opt for a tall, bushy variety of stonecrop or one that blankets over rocks and soil, these plants offer carpets of bee-friendly flowers.
  6. Most stonecrop plants are hardy from Zone 4 to Zone 9. Autumn joy, though, is also hardy in Zone 3.

Goldenrod attracts bees and other pollinators

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Goldenrod has a bad reputation:

  1. Somehow, goldenrod has developed a reputation for triggering hay fever in allergy-prone individuals. However, this meadow flower is actually hypoallergenic!
  2. Instead, the culprit is the very similar-looking ragweed.
  3. Many home gardeners avoid using this flower in their garden because of this wives' tale. But goldenrod is actually one of fall's best bee-friendly plants.
  4. Most varieties of goldenrod begin blooming in July or August and continue into October.
  5. Since goldenrod is native to North America, you can find varieties to suit pretty much any climate. Goldenrod thrives in Zone 2 through Zone 8.

Help Protect the Environment with Bee-Friendly Gardening

As you can see, creating a pollinator garden is as simple as choosing a handful of bee-friendly plants and throwing them in the ground!

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Since most bees are attracted to native wildflowers or other reliable bloomers, growing these flowers is extremely easy and low-maintenance.

Even if you live in a particularly hot or cold climate, there are several bee-friendly plants that will thrive in your respective hardiness zone.

And drawing in bees with these bee-friendly plants can help attract bees to your fruit and vegetable crops or other garden flowers.

Adding shelter and water to your garden, as well as avoiding the use of chemical insecticides, will help ensure that your resident bees' needs are met. This will help them feel safe and comfortable returning to your garden throughout the year.

Plus, if you work to include a wide range of bee-friendly plants that bloom at different times, your pollinator garden will offer a steady supply of pollen and nectar throughout your region's bees' entire active season.

So now that you know the ins-and-outs of creating your own bee-friendly garden, are you ready to give back to the local ecosystem?

Maybe the next step will even be raising your own hive!

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How Far Do Bees Travel: What You Need to Know About Foraging

How far do bees travel when collecting pollen and nectar?

If you keep honeybees, you're probably concerned that your hive will be able to find enough forage nearby to produce enough honey for you to harvest. Even if you're simply planning a flower garden full of bee-friendly plants, you're probably wondering how far do bees travel when foraging for nectar and pollen.

People have valued a wide range of bee species for their role in the pollination of crops and the production of honey and beeswax. Beekeepers want to keep their hives healthy and fed with enough forage to produce enough honey to harvest.

So, you'll want to know their flying range when searching for nectar so you can ensure they have adequate forage in the local area. You'll need to know how far do bees travel so you'll be confident they'll find enough food in the local flora. If not, you'll want to plant plenty of bee-friendly plants and flowers to support your hive.

How Far Do Bees Travel When Foraging

It's important to understand the migration and travel patterns of bees if you plan on beekeeping or gardening in support of your local bee population. Bees have a critical impact on local agriculture and plant life. And in return, your local flora and farms influence the health and production of your bees.

Some bees are experts at pollinating specific flora and fauna better than others. And like most living creatures, they also have their preferences when it comes to their meals.

Some of the different types of bees you'll see in your local area include the following.

  • Honeybees
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Bumblebees
  • Blueberry Bees
  • Mason bees

If you're curious about how far do bees travel, you might be in for a surprise. Depending on the type of bee and its reasons for flying out, the travel distance varies. For example, bumblebees have traveled distances ranging from 330 feet to up to a mile.

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The Amazing Honeybee

Honeybees will usually travel between half a mile to as much as 3.75 miles to scout out plants to forage. However, some people have recorded them flying as far as over 8.25 miles during their journey for nectar.

We can recognize the honeybee by its signature buzz, which is caused by a wingstroke rate of 200 beats per second. The honeybee can also travel at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

However, when you're considering how far do bees travel for food, it's usually not that far. Most honeybees want to stay close to their hive. It's also important to remember that, when traveling, not all bee types are proficient at pollinating every kind of flower or plant that they encounter.

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Human Threats to Bees and Their Travel Plans

When researching how far do bees travel for food, it helps to be aware of some external factors in play. Some human activities can grossly interfere with their range.

The widespread use of pesticides that contain neonicotinoids in commercial nurseries can disrupt their natural patterns and behavior, as well as their ability to forage efficiently. One curious effect of our impact is that the presence of Wi-Fi, cellphone towers, and EMF from human technology can cause debilitating harm to bee populations.

Radiation and electric waves damage and interfere with the bees' natural compass. This interference makes it very challenging for them to travel correctly or safely.

Bees pollinate about a third of the plants we consume. So, any disruption or disappearance of bee populations can send shockwaves throughout the food chain and environment. And this, of course, includes our own agricultural landscape and food supply.

In order to plan ahead for your hive's health and welfare, you should be know how far do bees travel when foraging. Do an extensive survey of your nearby flora and farms for potential food sources. In that way, you'll know whether you should increase the number of pollinator plants on your property. In some cases, you may even want to provide a bee-feeder to supplement their diet.

 

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Beeswax Lip Balm: Which Among These Best Lip Balms Should You Purchase?

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You are faced with so many options when picking a beeswax lip balm at the store. Go online, and the options multiply! A good beeswax lip balm is essential to have in your bag or on your person when you leave the house. However, not all are created equally. Some are designed to fit very specific needs such as a medicinal lip balm for someone with a cold sore or others that cater to a vegan lifestyle. These lip balms can also vary in application and feel. To make an informed decision about which of these products should be trusted with protecting your lips, keep reading.

Product FAQ’s

1. What Is Beeswax Lip Balm?

Lip balm is a product that is applied to the lips. Beeswax lip balm uses beeswax as a primary ingredient in its formula along with other moisturizing ingredients. Many lip balms contain additional ingredients to add flavor and scent. A few may include substances that promote healing or provide UV protection. Beeswax lip balms are usually sold as a stick. Occasionally, they are sold in small pots to be applied with a finger or a brush, or in a tube with an applicator end used to smooth out the balm as it is squeezed from a hole.

2. What Does Beeswax Lip Balm Do?

When lips are exposed to the wind, cold, and sun, they can experience various types of damage. Beeswax lip balms protect lips from drying, cracking, and chapping. Products that also contain UV protection protect the lips from sun damage. These lip balms can also help to heal already damaged lips.

3. How Does Beeswax Lip Balm Work?

A good lip balm has four qualities: it heals damaged lips, soothes pain, softens, and protects against further damage. Beeswax lip balm fulfills all these qualities and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties as well. These lip balms work by emulsifying the skin of damaged lips and locking in moisture; allowing it to be absorbed by the tissues that need to heal.

Vitamin E is sometimes incorporated into these lip balms to aid in the healing process. Adding Vitamin A to beeswax lip balm aids in collagen production and also works to repair damaged lips, adding to their elasticity. It also helps to protect against sun damage, especially when combined with UV protection. Beeswax also forms a barrier against the elements by filling in the cracks as they are repaired and creates a smooth layer of protection between the air and lips. This locks in the moisture provided by the beeswax and other added ingredients.

4. Where Can You Buy Beeswax Lip Balm?

Beeswax Lip Balm can be purchased in grocery and drugs stores as well as on Amazon.

5. What Is The Price Range Of Beeswax Lip Balm?

Price ranges between one and eight dollars per stick or tube.

How We Reviewed

At beekeepercenter.com we researched many types of beeswax lip balm to come up with an unbiased “best of” list. Some of the products included may sound familiar, a few we left off because their new formulations did not make the cut, and others caught our eye because of their unique qualities.

We looked at what features make a product stand out as well as the pros and cons of that product.

By outlining these qualities, we hope to provide readers with the ability to pick a product suitable to them based on their own preferences. For example, some people may prefer a lip balm that lies on thick, where others may like a thinner, more oily feeling product. In addition to our own experiences, we scoured user reviews on shop websites to determine what factors about each lip balm stood out depending on user preference. We did include at least one product that had a non-beeswax option to give vegan readers an option made by a company that also had non-vegan options as a point of reference.

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Product's Overall Price Range

The price range for these lips balms was rather broad, from one dollar to eight dollars per stick. We found that the middle to higher end of that price range had some association with how long a product would last. On the higher end of the price range seemed to be those brands focused on establishing their commitment to the bee's overall well-being. All products on this list contain at least some certified organic ingredients.

What We Reviewed

  • Badger Classic – Unscented Lip Balm
  • Bee Friendly – Organic Honey Lip Balm
  • Alteya Organics – Bulgarian Lavender Moisturising Lip Balm
  • Eco Lips – USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm
  • Juice Beauty – Organic Lip Moisturizer
  • Tom's of Maine – Organic Peppermint Lip Balm
  • Nature Certified – Organic Lip Balm
  • Sierra Bees – Organic Lip Balm
  • Dr. Bronner's – Organic Lip Balm
  • Kiss My Face – SPF 30 Sport Lip Balm

Badger Classic - Unscented Lip Balm

Badger Unscented Classic Lip Balm - 0.15oz Stick (2 Pack)
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and rosemary moisturize and protect lips.
  • Light texture, smooth glide and a hint of shine.
  • Antioxidant rich and no added fragrance or flavor.

Features

Key features of this product include organic extra virgin olive oil and beeswax, which work together to moisturize lips. If you tend to be overpowered by the scent of lip balms, you will be happy to know you can experience smooth lips with no undesired smell. Badger Classic Unscented Lip Balm keeps it simple by using just four ingredients, which are all natural. This lip balm does not contain lanolin, which some individuals are sensitive to.

Pros

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • No overpowering scent
  • Does not contain lanolin

Cons

  • Needs to be reapplied frequently
  • Less moisturizing than other options
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Bee Friendly - Organic Honey Lip Balm

Bee Friendly Skincare Organic Lip Balm Long Lasting Premium Lip...
  • Lip healing - regenerative properties from all natural ingredients aid with chapped, cracked and dry lips
  • Lip protection - conditioning and deep moisturizing ingredients help your lips maintain their natural healthy and...
  • All natural and organic - all natural organic ingredient list which you can actually read and understand

Features

Key Features of this product include beeswax with propolis and pollen. This lip balm is made from raw Hawaiian honey cultivated by holistic beekeepers sourced to make this product bee friendly. The healing properties of the honey work to repair chapped, dry, or cracked lips. Organic extra virgin olive oil along with the beeswax provides moisture, and natural vanilla in combination with the honey gives this lip balm a warm flavor.

Pros

  • Repairs severely dry lips
  • Bee-friendly wax and honey
  • Unique stick shape will rest flatter in your pocket

Cons

  • Soft, may melt in hot weather
  • Does not contain UV protection
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Alteya Organics - Bulgarian Lavender Moisturizing Lip Balm

 

Alteya Organics, Bulgarian Lavender Lip Balm, 0.15 Ounce
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Features

Key Features of this product include a formulation rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, E, and D. The lavender extract sourced in Bulgaria soothes chapped lips. After application, this balm sustained its moisturizing effect and increased lip elasticity.

Pros

  • Shea butter provides intense moisture to lips
  • Antioxidant and vitamin rich
  • USDA Certified Organic

Cons

  • Not recommended for those with nut allergies; contains almond and macadamia nut oil
  • Thick consistency may not appeal to all
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Eco Lips - USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm

 

Lip Balm ONE World 3-Pack by Eco Lips Relax, Renew, Restore, 100%...
  • PURE 100% ORGANIC LIP BALM MADE IN THE USA: USDA certified organic ingredients that are good for your skin and good for...
  • NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED, GLUTEN FREE, NON-TOXIC LIP BALM: no chemicals, no petroleum, no soy, no corn. Nothing but high...
  • ULTRA MOISTURIZING LIP CARE: Eco Lips ONE WORLD lip balms fuse Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter, USDA Organic Certified...

Features

Key Features of this product include the wide variety of flavors and formulas in the Eco Lips collection, all of which are USDA Certified Organic. Not all varieties contain beeswax; some are vegan and are made with Candelilia wax instead. There is also a medicinal formula containing tea tree oil, camphor, lemon balm, and calendula; all which are known to aid in the healing of cold sores. If you have specific needs, there is likely an Eco Lips line available for you. Just read the descriptions carefully when selecting the variety suited to your needs.

Pros

  • Long lasting
  • Unscented “Gold” variety is great for sensitive skin
  • Vegan product line available

Cons

  • Some varieties contain propolis and peppermint essential oil, which may irritate sensitive skin
  • Not all varieties are vegan, have to specifically seek out the Bee Free product line
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Juice Beauty - Organic Lip Moisturizer

Features

Key Features of this product include its wide range of applications as well as the inclusion of plant source Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in healing skin. This product uses shea and cocoa butter as moisturizing agents, which are known for their ability to hydrate. Not only does it glide onto lips easily, this product applies smoothly to other dry spots such as cuticles. It comes in a refreshing flavor combination of orange and vanilla.

Pros

  • Contains healing Vitamin E
  • May be useful for nursing mothers
  • Glossy finish

Cons

  • Does not last very long
  • The orange flavor is stronger than the vanilla
  • Does not hide cracked lips
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Tom's of Maine - Organic Peppermint Lip Balm

 

Tom's of Maine Moisturizing Organic Lip Balm, Peppermint, 4 count
  • Natural lip balm
  • USDA certified organic sunflower seed oil, coconut oil and beeswax.
  • Moisturizing

Features

Key Features of this product include that it contains USDA certified organic sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and beeswax and does not contain artificial dyes, parabens, phthalates or phenoxyethanol. This is an all-natural moisturizing lip balm with a refreshing peppermint flavor that lets you know it has been applied with its signature tingle. The Tom’s of Maine name has been a trusted source of quality all natural products for over 40 years, and this product is no exception.

Pros

  • Leaves lips soft all day long
  • Refreshing tingle
  • Heals and smooths
  • Support nonprofits by purchasing this product

Cons

  • Soft must apply carefully to avoid using too much
  • Peppermint tingle may be overwhelming on severely chapped lips
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Nature Certified - Organic Lip Balm

100% Natural, Raw & USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm
  • Premium USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm
  • Fresh, Energetic, Happy - Tangerine Flavor
  • In a convenient easy to carry lip balm stick

Features

Key Features of this product include an invigorating tangerine flavor packed into an easy-to-use lip balm. This is a premium USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm that contains only ingredients known to moisturize and protect lips. Also notable about this product is the business responsible for this lively lip balm is a woman-owned minority business.

Pros

  • Refreshing citrus flavor
  • Lack of unnecessary chemicals is good for sensitive skin

Cons

  • The oily texture may not be appealing to some
  • May feel gritty when initially applied. This is a normal result of combining oils with different melting points. Warm lips quickly smooth the balm.
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Sierra Bees - Organic Lip Balm

 

Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms Combo Pack 8 Pack 15 oz 4 25 g Each
  • Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms
  • Featuring Sustainably Sourced Beeswax, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil & Vitamin E
  • Formulated to be: USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Cruelty-Free

Features

Key features of this product include the pride Sierra Bees takes in sourcing their USDA Certified Organic beeswax from bee farmers who treat their bees humanely. Their commitment to cruelty-free bee farming extends to the commitment the farmers have to maintain sustainable hives in such a way that it does not disturb any wildlife. They also have a wide range of flavors at a low price; making them a fun and affordable option for kids.

Pros

  • Contains Vitamin E, which helps cracked lips heal
  • Available in many flavors
  • Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO

Cons

  • Oily
  • Applies in a thin coat
  • Does not last very long after application
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Dr. Bronner's - Organic Lip Balm

Dr. Bronner's Organic Lip Balm - (Naked, Peppermint, Lemon Lime,...
  • 4-Flavor Value Pack
  • Peppermint, Naked, Lemon Lime, Orange Ginger - 0.15 oz / each
  • Certified organic to USDA National Organic Program standards

Features

Key Features of this product include Dr. Bronner’s signature use of hemp oil in their products as well as other all natural sources of moisture such as beeswax, jojoba and avocado oils. This lip balm can also be used to heal and protect cheeks and cuticles from dryness. All ingredients used by Dr. Bronner’s are certified organic and sourced using fair-trade practices.

Pros

  • No added chemicals
  • May be a good choice for those with sensitivities to ingredients found in other lip balms
  • No animal testing and the beeswax is sourced without harming the bees

Cons

  • Melts easily
  • Somewhat oily feeling when applying
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Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30, 0.15 Ounce (pack of 3)

Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30, 0.15 Ounce (pack of 3)
  • Organic beeswax is skin softening with antioxidant properties
  • Shea butter is moisturizing & soothing
  • FDA approved sunscreens protect lips from sun damage

Features

Key features of this product include that it contains FDA approved sunscreen with SPF-30 protection and is water resistant. The organic beeswax used in this product helps keep skin soft and protects lips from any harsh wind one might experience when out on the ocean. The beeswax and coconut oil used are certified organic. This use of lime and spearmint essential oils gives it a unique, uplifting scent.

Pros

  • Very effective protecting against sunburned lips
  • Does not leave a white film
  • Goes on smooth

Cons

  • Melts easily
  • Not highly water resistant, it will need reapplication after swimming
  • Has a slight “sunscreen” scent
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Badger Classic - Unscented Lip Balm

 

Badger Unscented Classic Lip Balm - 0.15oz Stick (2 Pack)

Dimensions

0.5 x 0.5 x 2.8 inches

Weight

0.32 ounces

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Bee Friendly - Organic Honey Lip Balm

 

Bee Friendly Skincare Organic Lip Balm Long Lasting Premium Lip...

Dimensions

2.3 x 1.5 x 0.1 inches

Weight

0.3 ounces

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Alteya Organics - Bulgarian Lavender Moisturizing Lip Balm

 

Alteya Organics, Bulgarian Lavender Lip Balm, 0.15 Ounce

Dimensions

4.1 x 0.8 x 0.8 inches

Weight

0.64 ounces

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Eco LIps - USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm

 

Lip Balm ONE World 3-Pack by Eco Lips Relax, Renew, Restore, 100%...

Dimensions

0.6 x 5.5 x 2.8 inches

Weight

1.6 ounces

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Juice Beauty - Organic Lip Moisturizer

 

Juice Beauty Organic Lip Moisturizer, 0.5  Fl Oz

Dimensions

2 x 4 x 5 inches

Weight

0.8 ounces

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Tom's of Maine - Organic Peppermint Lip Balm

 

Tom's of Maine Moisturizing Organic Lip Balm, Peppermint, 4 count

Dimensions

0.6 x 0.6 x 2.1 inches

Weight

1.44 ounces

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Nature Certified - Organic Lip Balm

100% Natural, Raw & USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm

Dimensions

2.8 x 0.8 x 2.8 inches

Weight

0.16 ounces

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Sierra Bees - Organic Lip Balm

Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms Combo Pack 8 Pack 15 oz 4 25 g Each

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.5 x 0.6 inches

Weight

0.8 ounces

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Dr. Bronner's - Organic Lip Balm

Dr. Bronner's Organic Lip Balm - (Naked, Peppermint, Lemon Lime,...

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.5 x 0.6 inches

Weight

0.8 ounces

$11.95

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Kiss My Face - SPF 30 Sport Lip Balm

Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30, 0.15 Ounce (pack of 3)

Dimensions

0.6 x 0.6 x 2.6 inches

Weight

0.32 ounces

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The Verdict

It was hard to decide which product was the best. All around, Badger Classic Unscented Lip Balm was the truest beeswax lip balm as it had the fewest ingredients and contained no known substances that individuals with skin sensitivities may have an issue with. We thought that as a company focused on bees, a beeswax lip balm that is a testament to the healing and protective characteristics of beeswax was an appropriate favorite.

For those that like to feel their product working, Tom’s of Maine Organic Peppermint Lip Balm was the favorite. A tingling feeling accompanying the application left the lips feeling that much smoother for hours later. We like how Tom’s of Maine has maintained its reputation for good products for over 40 years in a world where new products are coming out on the market all the time. This made us think that if you fell in love with this product, it wouldn’t disappear off the shelves unannounced as so many newer products do.

If you are planning on a lot of time out in the sun, Kiss My Face SPF 30 Sport Lip Balm provided the most protection. A long day at the beach can result in a lot of sunburns, so we thought that this was best avoided with a lip balm that has an established SPF rating and some water resistance. Since sunscreen must be applied every forty minutes, we thought reapplying lip balm at the same interval would be a cost that far outweighs the benefits of protection against sunburn and a reduced risk of cancer.

Are Bees Invertebrates? More Information On Bees And Beekeeping

are bees invertebrates

An invertebrate is an animal without a backbone or spine. Among the invertebrates are insects, mollusks, arachnids, crustaceans, corals, and worms. Insects are the most numerous of the vertebrates, followed by arachnids and then mollusks. Are bees invertebrates? Yes, bees are invertebrates since they are in the insect family. Invertebrates make up about 97% of the animal kingdom.

What Are The Characteristics Of Invertebrates?

Bees are included in the Arthropod phylum. This phylum comprises insects, spiders, and crabs. There are over a million species of insects in the world which makes them among the most numerous invertebrates and even animals in the world.

Body Shape

Most invertebrates have a symmetrical formation to their body although there are some exceptions. Snails and sea snails have an asymmetrical body. Slugs appear to be symmetrical. However, they have a breathing hole in only one side of the body, so they are not truly symmetrical. Meanwhile, bees are symmetrical.

Reproduction

Most invertebrates, including bees, reproduce through sexual reproduction just as mammals do. They have reproductive cells that undergo meiosis to form spermatozoa and ova. Some invertebrates, such as worms, produce asexually. Others use a combination of sexual and asexual reproduction.

Nervous system

Neurons differ in invertebrates from mammals. However, they typically respond to stimuli in a similar manner to mammals. The neurons fire in response to stimuli such as temperature changes, PH changes and trauma.

Are bees invertebrates?

Bees are in the insect family. Insects are invertebrates, so bees are also invertebrates. Bees, like other insects, have an exoskeleton in place of a spine. This is a shell outside of their body. Bees are social creatures, reproduce sexually, and have a symmetrical body shape. They have a nervous system that responds to external stimuli. They have stingers to defend themselves against threats.

Yes, bees are invertebrates

When answering the question “Are bees invertebrates?”, the answer is that they are because they are insects. They do not have a spine and therefore are invertebrates. There are many different species of bees, but all of them are insects and invertebrates. Invertebrates vary greatly with differences among families and even among the species within the same families. There are so many species of bee, and each is unique and different.

Bees are a type of flying insect known for their role in pollination and producing honey. They are among the beneficial invertebrates. This is as opposed to invertebrates that are considered pests. More invertebrates are beneficial than are pests although the ones that are considered pests can wreak havoc on agriculture. Although bees are beneficial, some of them have stingers and could be considered pests because they can sting. The Africanized bee may be a pest because they can produce thousands of stings from a colony and lead to the death of the person or animal that is stung by them.

Some bees are solitary while others live in colonies. The bee that people are most familiar with, the honeybee, is a highly social creature which appears to communicate and work together as a unit in maintaining the hive and colony. Most other bees, such as the carpenter bee, leaf cutter bee, and mason bee, are solitary. The female builds a nest and does not have worker bees helping her.

Most solitary bees nest in the ground. This may be in wood or in the mud. The nest consists of cells in which females lay the eggs in. The parent does not provide care to the young once they lay the eggs, and usually dies within a day or two of laying the eggs. Solitary bees are either stingerless or unlikely to sting. The males emerge first, and they can mate as soon as the female emerges.

Why is it important that bees are invertebrates?

It should interest anybody who would like to know about bees in their classification among animals. It is important to learn about bees if you care about bees. The question, “Are bees invertebrates?” may have been answered by now, but why should you care? Bees are a varied and interesting animal. The more you know about them, the more you can impress people with your knowledge.

If you are going to be a beekeeper, you should be able to answer questions about the characteristics of bees. If you are going to be an entomologist, then you should also be able to answer the question “Are bees invertebrates?” This is general knowledge about bees and is useful for people who are interested in bees to know the answer to.

are bees invertebrates

Since among the species of bees, their traits and characteristics vary, it is useful to know which traits and characteristics they all have in common. There are about 20,000 species of bees, and they are all invertebrates. The invertebrates vary their characteristics and traits among themselves as much as the bees do within their family.

Anybody who wants to know about bees should know that they are invertebrates. Some are social; some are not. Some are sting less others are not. Some are deadly others are not. But one characteristic they have in common is they are all invertebrates. This is very useful information to people wishing to learn or know as much as they can about bees.

It is a question that has a simple answer. Are bees invertebrates? Yes. All insects, including bees, are invertebrates. They do not have a spine, they have an exoskeleton.  If anybody asks, you can affirmatively answer the question. It is knowledge that will serve you well if you want to know as much about bees as is possible.

How can I use this information?

You can share your information about invertebrates, bees and answer the question “Are bees invertebrates?” to anybody asking the question.  It is useful to know that an invertebrate is an animal without a spinal column, insects are invertebrates and bees are insects. If you would like to share the information with your children, when teaching about bees you could do so.

Bees are interesting creatures. They are invertebrates which means you can squash them easily. The exoskeleton they have in place of a spine is relatively fragile.  You would want to be careful when handling them if you would handle them as if you decided to become a beekeeper. It is useful to know that you could easily harm the bee due to its being an invertebrate.

If you are a student of entomology, you should know that insects are invertebrates and be able to answer the question “Are bees invertebrates?”  If you are a member of the public, you can add to your trivial knowledge-base by being able to answer the question. Some children are fascinated with insects and bees, and they would find this information to be useful to them as well.

The answer to the question, “Are bees invertebrates?” is a matter of trivia. It is useful information for anybody wanting to know about the make-up of a bee's body.  You can use the information to impress people with your knowledge. It is an interesting trivial fact. There is more to the question that is beyond the scope of this article, but if interested you can research the topic more thoroughly.

are bees invertebrates

The answer to whether bees are invertebrates is a simple “yes.” However, I have explained that there is a wide range of differences between the invertebrates.  There is also a wide range of differences between the varying bees. Honeybees are the most well-known of the bees. However, the other bees have characteristics that people do not associate with the honeybee.

Examples of this would be that some are solitary, they do not live in colonies, they do not socialize, they do not make honey, most do not sting.  If you're interested in learning about bees, not just honeybees, then you should explore the topic more thoroughly. Bees are beautiful members of creation, and yes, they are invertebrates, they are insects, and interested people should study them.

The characteristic that all invertebrates share is that they do not have a spine. Some have exoskeletons, such as the bee. Others have shells, such as the crab. Others, like the slug, are merely mushy and don't have a skeleton. The bees are among the most interesting of all the insects and invertebrates. And the most beautiful.

Where Does Bee Pollen Come From And Its Nutritional Benefits

Bee pollen, also referred to as bee bread, is a product created through the combined efforts of plants and bees. But where does bee pollen come from? It is collected from beehives and consumed as a nutritionally rich health supplement. It is used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.

Where Does Bee Pollen Come From?

When asking the question where does bee pollen come from, it's important to note that bee pollen is not the same as plant pollen-the substance you are probably more familiar with from biology class and from your allergy nightmares.

Plant pollen is the male seed of flowers and is created by plants to spread and propagate their species. They are tiny particles formed in the heart of the flower blossom. Every variety of flower and many orchard fruits and agricultural food crops create dustings of pollen.

Forager bees from several bee species land on these plants to collect the pollen. As they travel from plant to plant, bees sprinkle pollen particles on other plants, pollinating them. Bees also keep pollen to bring back to their hives and use as their primary energy source.

When foraging bees bring the pollen back to the hive, they pass it off to other worker bees, who pack it into cells. The pollen is mixed with nectar and bee salivary secretions, creating what we know as bee pollen, or bee bread. This final substance becomes the primary source of protein for the hive.

What Are The Nutritional Components Of Bee Pollen?

where does bee pollen come from

Like honey, the exact chemical composition of bee pollen depends on what type of plants the worker bees are using as their pollen source. The bee pollen can also vary depending on time and geographic area of collection. Although there is no specific chemical composition, the average composition is usually 40-60% simple sugars (fructose and glucose), 20-60% proteins, 3% minerals and vitamins, 1-32% fatty acids, and 5% diverse other components. Bee pollen, much like honey, contains consistently low microbial biomass.

Nutrients commonly found in bee pollen include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Free amino acids
  • Folic acid
  • Rutin
  • A variety of micronutrients

One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory. Many chemical analyses of bee pollen have been made but there are still some elements in bee pollen that science cannot identify. The bees add some mysterious “extra” of their own. These unidentifiable compounds that scientists are still trying to identify could be the key to unlocking the many health benefits of bee pollen consumption.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Bee Pollen For Humans?

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Now that we've answered the question, “where does bee pollen come from”, why do we collect bee pollen? And what does it do for us? Bee pollen has been employed by a variety of cultures in their traditional medicine. It is considered one of nature's most nourishing foods and contains a broad spectrum of the nutrients required by humans. About half of bee pollen protein is in the form of free amino acids ready for direct use by the body.

It is important to recognize that one teaspoon of bee pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen. A tremendous amount of work has gone into the bee pollen by the time humans consume it, by both the pollinating plant, and the bees that transformed the pollen into its final form. This makes for a dense and potent potential nutritional supplement.

Correcting Nutritional Deficiencies

Some of the strongest connections researchers have been able to make between bee pollen and positive health benefits in humans are in reversing nutritional deficiencies. Bee pollen is effective at lessening gaps and shortcomings in the human diet.

Because of the bee pollen's completeness as a nutritious food, it can make up for much of the nutritional deficiencies and other diet-derived maladies growing increasingly common in the modern world. These benefits can be especially important in nursing mothers, growing children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

The specific protein in bee pollen is useful for humans. Such highly assimilable protein can contribute significantly to a person's protein needs. Bee pollen contains more amino acids by volume than beef, eggs or cheese.

Longevity And Anti-Aging Benefits

Extensive research has been conducted on bee pollen and its potential benefits in geriatric medicine. It has shown the ability to slow down many harmful effects of the aging process when used regularly. In some cases, it is believed to have reversed problems often associated with aging.

Some benefits of bee pollen include cognitive improvements in areas like memory and concentration. Other benefits may include improved metabolism and cardiovascular function, two body processes that often degrade with age.

Bee pollen has also been used to decrease or reverse superficial signs of aging through its anti-oxidative properties. These improvements include the reduction of wrinkles and dark spots on the skin and a general improvement in the vitality and youthfulness of the skin's appearance.

When applied externally, bee pollen can revitalize and rejuvenate the complexion and may even help to reduce acne. Its antimicrobial qualities and its high concentration of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA can help to increase blood flow and rejuvenate damaged skin.

Antibacterial and Antibiotic Properties

Bee pollen exists in a preservative environment, meaning its composition hinders the growth of fungi and bacteria. The same conditions that allow you to keep a bottle of honey in your cupboard for months without it spoiling, allow bee pollen to remain safe for consumption for long periods of time.

The interaction of bee pollen with bacteria and other harmful organisms may go beyond not creating an environment conducive to their growth. Some elements present in bee pollen appear to exhibit antibacterial properties and might help prevent infectious diseases like the common cold or flu.

Some of these same qualities of bee pollen also make it effective in aiding recuperation from illness. Its use has shown to have a wide variety of positive impacts on the human immune system. Bee pollen supplementation has been shown to increase the efficacy and lessen the side effects associated with chemotherapy for cancer. Patients given bee pollen experienced less nausea, had higher antibody production and slept better during their treatments than a control group of chemotherapy patients.

Cardiovascular And Blood Function Improvements

Bee pollen has increased hemoglobin levels in patients suffering from anemia. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen to the body's organs and tissues and transports carbon dioxide from the organs and tissues back to the lungs. An increase in both white and red blood cells has been observed in patients while taking bee pollen.

It has also been shown to normalize blood serum cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol when taken regularly. Pollen products have been used in many cultures, including as a traditional Chinese tonic, to grow new blood cells and improve capillary strength.

Bee pollen is 15 percent lecithin by volume. Lecithin helps dissolve and flush fat from the body. This process helps lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL) while helping to increase the helpful high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in the blood. Maintaining desirable ratios of LDL and HDL levels helps to protect against high cholesterol and heart disease.

Energy, Athletic Performance And Weight

Supplementing with bee pollen improves energy levels and metabolic function. Increases in strength and endurance in elite athletes have been associated with pollen supplementation. Renowned German naturalist Francis Huber called bee pollen “the greatest bodybuilder on Earth.”

Bee pollen is high in phenylalanine, a natural amino acid that the body requires and can act as an appetite suppressant. It acts on your appestat, the control center in the body that signals fullness and hunger. Phenylalanine is a similar substance to the man-made chemical present in many over-the-counter weight loss supplements.

Allergies

Supplementing with bee pollen can reduce pollen allergies. In a process known as desensitization, small amounts of the allergen are administered to stimulate the patient's own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction. It is a process similar to being vaccinated against infectious diseases.

The process of desensitization should be undertaken gradually and with supervision from a medical professional but studies show it can have lasting and significant positive effects on pollen allergy sufferers.

Is Bee Pollen Safe?

where does bee pollen come from

You should consult with your doctor or a medical professional before consuming any supplement. Unadulterated bee pollen is a natural substance that is generally assumed to be safe. People with severe pollen allergies should use caution when consuming bee pollen as large doses can cause anaphylactic shock and other allergic responses.

As with any other supplement, side effects can occur due to adulterations or harmful additives to the product. Make sure that your bee pollen is from a reputable source and is the genuine bee-gathered product.

Conclusion

The positive health benefits of bee pollen supplementation are wide ranging and still being explored by scientists and health professionals. This potent food and supplement, created through the hard work of plants and honey bees, has the potential to create positive change for humankind. Now you know how to answer the question “where does bee pollen come from” next time it's asked!