World Honey Bee Day, previously known as Honey Bee Awareness Day, is an idea put together by beekeepers in the USA, who petitioned the USDA in 2009 for an official day to honour honey bees and beekeeping. A few years down the line, people across the globe are holding a date of observation every year. World Honey Bee Day is the third Saturday in August.
Honey Bee awareness enthusiasts will likely put a bee in your bonnet and say this is not so much a day to celebrate honey bees, as it is to promote their involvement in sustainable farming.
On this day, bee lovers everywhere decorate their gardens with lavender, borage and marjoram, the bee’s knees in pollinator lures. If you have the time and patience, bake some honey chippers and make your own honey fruit cobbler. And because you’ve been as busy as a bee all day, sit back and watch Hitchcock’s ‘The Bees’. You’ll count your blessings honey bees are nothing like South American killer bees!
Do you know that …
• For a kilogram of honey, a bee must visit four million flowers and fly four times the distance around the world.
• Bees pollinate over 170,000 plant species.
• Without bees, fruits and vegetables would be much less abundant and there would be no lovely colours of flowers in the meadows.
• With 30,000 to 60,000 bees, a bee colony can be compared to a small city in terms of its population.
• The queen bee is the only member of the bee family that lays eggs, producing up to 2,000 eggs in a day.
• Honey bees’ wings strike 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.