What Bees Do:
"The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee..gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of it's own." Leonardo da Vinci
Bees make honey! Using the nectar from flowers, bees add enzymes and drive off water creating the syrupy treat that is used for everything from sweetening your tea or desserts to making mead or even helping heal wounds. Man can not replicate this process - bees are the only animal on the planet that can make honey and do it right.
Made by bees, secreted from glands in their abdomen, beeswax has been used for centuries as a form of waterproofing and fuel. Commonly known as an ingredient for candles, it is also used iin cosmetics like lip balm or lotion, household products like furniture polish, and historically was even traded as a form of currency.
Propolis, Royal Jelly, Pollen
Many of the other substances made by bees are used as medicinal aids or health supplements. Propolis is being researched as an antiobotic. Royal jelly and pollen are often sold at health food stores for their anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and complete protein properties.
California is one of the largest agricultural producers in the world for many products. About $10 billion of these crops depend on bees to pollinate the flowers so the plant will grow fruit. Nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamias), stone fruit (plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines), melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydue), citrus (orange, lemon, lime, tangelo), squash (punmpkin, zuccini), berries (blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries), beans (green, kidney, lima), cucumbers, avocado, apples, figs, sunflowers, mango, guava, pomegranate, pear, grapes... The list is almost endless! They also help pollinate crops that feed our livestock like cows and pigs, like alfalfa and clover. They help pollinate the flowers in our gardens. They pollinate the seed crops that grow the seeds we plant in our yards, and that farmers use to plant their crops.