Save the Bees!

Bees Need You, You Need Bees: By Deerfield 2nd Graders

Bees are in Danger and Here's Why...

Bees are in danger because of several reasons. One reason is because of a blood sucking parasite called Varroa Mites. Another reason is because of a group of pesticides called Neonicotinoids, that people use to take care of their lawns. Also, fungus and viruses can affect bees. CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder is what scientist call the disappearance of bees. Bees pollinate 30% of our crops. Without bees, we won't have all of the fruits and vegetables that we love so much!

Flowers and Plants that Attract Pollinators

One way that you can help bees is by planting a garden. Some plants that pollinators like are blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, cucumbers, rosemary, sage, poplar tulips, catnip, misty flowers, goldenrod, redbud, lilac, autumn olive, sumac, honeysuckle, magnolia, peonies, goji berries, peach flower, and grape hyacinth. Also, Swamp Milkweed, Yellow Cone flower, Butterfly Milkweed and Stiff Goldenrod are wildflowers that attract pollinators. By planting native wildflowers and plants that are attractive to bees, we can help sustain the bee population!

What Bees Look Like

Bees are insects. They have three body parts. They are the head, thorax and abdomen. They also have four wings, two antennae and five eyes and a proboscis. The proboscis helps the bee to suck up nectar from the flower. The wings help the bee to fly from flower to flower. Bees also have a stinger that is used to protect itself from danger. It only stings if it has been threatened or feels that it is in danger. If it stings it will die because it's abdomen is ripped out.

Stingers and What to do if You're Stung...

The stinger is made out of chitin which is actually what the exoskeleton is made from. The bees only sting whenever they are protecting themselves from danger. If they sting you, part of the abdomen rips off and the bee will die. If you get stung, use a credit card to push the stinger out. Apply ice to take the sting away. If you are allergic, you may have to use an epipen.

Bee Keeper Information

Beekeepers wear suits to keep the bees out of their clothes. They wear a mask, gloves and often tie their pant legs and sleeves closed. Beekeepers check their hives every ten days to make sure everything is OK.