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Honey Bees

Honey bees are amazing insects that not only produce honey, but through pollination, also help produce one-third of the food we eat.

A single bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees, including worker bees, drones, and a queen. Each type of bee serves a specific role. The drones mate with the queen to produce new worker bees, and the worker bees perform all of the labor tasks like gathering pollen and nectar from flowers.

You can make your garden safe for honey bees by using pesticides only when needed. Don't spray when plants are flowering or in the mornings when bees are most active.

You can even set up your own hive. The bees will help pollinate the plants in your garden, and you'll be able to harvest the delicious honey they produce.


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