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Bees Are Awesome!

There are 20,000 different species of bees in the world. 4,000 of those species are native to the United States. There are more species of bees than there are mammals and birds combined! With all of these different species, there are some very cool looking bees. Let’s look at them!

This is an Amegilla cingulata, or simply a blue- banded bee. These bees are native to Australia, but have also been found in East Africa.

This is the Euglossine bee. They are better known as orchid bees. They can be found anywhere from Mexico to Brazil in the rainforests.

This is the Xylocopa India Yellow Bee. This bee is part of the carpenter bee family and as you could probably tell by its name it can be found in India.

Like the bee previous to this one, this bee is in the carpenter bee family. But this bee is a Xylocopa caerulea, or simply a blue carpenter bee. This species can be found in Southeast Asia, India, and Southern China.

This species is a Chrysura refulgens. There is no common name for this species. It can be found in Europe and North Africa. It is a cuckoo wasp. It goes into other bees hives and lays its eggs in their hive and then the other bees raise the offspring.

This is an Apis mellifera or the European honey bee. It is native to Europe, but can also be found in the Middle East and Africa.

Lastly, this is the Bombus affinis, or the Rusty- patched bumblebee. It is one of the bees that is native to the United States. It is in danger though. The number of bees of this species has dropped by 87% over the last decade.

 

Bees are very important to the survival of humans, and making sure that these amazing pollinators stay alive should be everyone’s goal.

Bee Venom and its Effects on Breast Cancer

There has been a new study that was just published earlier this month on the effects of honeybee and bumblebee venom on certain types of cancer. The study showed some incredible results. First off it showed that there is one component of the bee’s venom that affects the cancer cells, and that component is called melittin. Melittin is the major component in bee venom and is the major pain producing compound in the bee’s venom. Dr. Ciara Duffy was the lead researcher on this study and she also tested the effects of the bee venom without melittin on cancer cells and the cancer cells were not affected.
One of the biggest breakthroughs that came out of this study was the effects of melittin on certain types of breast cancer, particularly, HER-2 and triple negative breast cancers. Both types of breast cancer have extremely limited treatment options because they are very resistant to treatments such as chemotherapy. But the melittin was shown to neutralize the growth of these cancers and help kill the cancerous cells as well. The way that the melittin works in neutralizing the growth of the cancer cells is, after just 20 minutes the melittin was able to substantially reduce the chemical messages between the cancer cells. These messages are essential for the cancer cells to grow and for cell division to occur. So, the melittin helps stop the cancer cells from growing which means that the size of the tumor will not keep growing. Another thing that the melittin does is that after 60 minutes the melittin can completely kill the cancer cells membrane which then leaves the cancer cells vulnerable to typical treatment options like chemotherapy. The study used melittin with a type of chemotherapy called docetaxel. Together the two were much more effective in stopping the growth of the cancer cells than either of the two were alone.
The only thing that the melittin could not do was completely kill the cancer cells, even when given in extremely high doses. Therefore, doctors are trying to use melittin in combination with chemotherapy drugs, such as docetaxel, to stop the growth of the cancer and to kill it. There is still more research that needs to happen, including testing melittin on human patients. All the tests so far have been done on mice. So, more testing will show how much melittin will work best in reducing the size of the cancer cells as well as what the optimum delivery method of the melittin would be. Although there have been no human tests yet, this is an extremely exciting breakthrough in the field of oncology and could help many people in the future with cancer that was deemed too difficult to treat in the past.

Incredible New Bee Behavior

Scientists have observed a new behavior in honeybees this spring that has not been observed in honeybees before this year. The warmer temperatures have caused pollinators, which include honeybees, to wake up earlier in the spring from hibernation. The flowers though are not affected by this warmer climate and continue to produce flowers and bloom at the same time as they do every year. So, honeybees have come into a problem that there is no pollen for them, which means that there is no food for them to eat.

Of course, honeybees are not the only ones that benefit from this relationship between the flower and the honeybee. The flowering plant benefits because the honeybee get pollen all over its body and flies to other flowers where some of the pollen is rubbed of allowing the flowering plant to reproduce. This symbiotic relationship is important for both the honeybee and the flowering plant.

Honeybees have started making little holes in the flowering plants’ leaves. This has caused flowering plants to start blooming one full month earlier than normal. Scientists have observed the worker honeybees using their mouths to cut little holes in the plants leaves causing the plants to bloom a full month earlier than they normally bloom.

Scientists are now interested in discovering the reason as to why the plants bloom a full month earlier when the honeybee makes the little holes in the plants leaves. This could be a major breakthrough for botanists and horticulturists. Scientists have tried to replicate the holes in plants to see if they could mimic the honeybee’s technique and make the flowers bloom earlier, but they have not figured out how the honeybee is able to do it.

Our Bow Ties Are Conversation Starters

When you wear a Beehive Bow Tie, you are not just wearing an awesome bow tie, you are wearing a conversation starter! 

Bees are one of the most important creatures on this planet for human survival, and are definitely the most important insect for the survival of humankind. Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying that if the bees were to go extinct, humankind would only have 4 years to live before we also went extinct. 

Projections show that the bees are going to go extinct in 25 years unless we change how we operate. So by the year 2035, all of the world’s bee population will go extinct giving us just 4 more years after that to live, according to Albert Einstein.

Of course that is a bit morbid for a conversation, but it shows just how important the bee really is. Some much more exciting and fun bee facts include: honey has been regarded as medicine dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

 Honey doesn’t spoil, it is the only food that does not spoil. An explorer found a jar of honey in a tomb in Egypt that was dated to be about 2000 years old and the explorer said that it tasted delicious. 

Honey bees can fly about six miles per trip and can fly about 15 mph! 

At Beehive Bow Ties, we have a special bow tie that has a pattern of bees on it. We help with saving the bees at Beehive Bow Ties. 

With each bow tie that we sell, we donate a portion of the profits to a charity that is dedicated to helping save the population of the bees worldwide. The bee bow tie will get you lots of compliments and you can start up a great conversation about how awesome your bow tie is!  The next time someone asks you about your bow tie you can wow them with some bee facts!

Click here to learn even more facts, so that when you wear a bow tie from Beehive Bow Tie you can blow everyone away with just how much you know about bees.

5G is Killing the Bees

5G cellular service is the new big thing right now. It is supposed to be faster and better so that you spend less time waiting for your phone to load. Sounds great right? Let me answer that for you. It is not. 5G appears to be interfering with the bees. 

The radio frequencies that these new 5G towers are emitting are actually fatal to bees. These radio frequencies and the waves that our cell phones are now emitting cause the navigational systems in the worker bees to go awry, thus causing them to not be able to find the hive again. This kills the worker bees and in turn kills the colony as well because, without the food that the worker bee provides, the colony will not survive. Using 5G is very harmful for the bees. 

There was a study done by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  that showed that 63% of the colonies that were in contact with 5G waves collapsed due to the fact that the waves disrupted the bees navigational system. 

Bees are positively charged and flowers are negatively charged, this normally allows bees to use the Earth’s magnetic fields to navigate, but with the new 5G waves going through the air, bees cannot find their way around anymore. This leads to the colony collapse problem bees are facing now. 

Since 2016, the United States has lost about 40% of its bee population due to colony collapse. If this rate is kept up, bees will go extinct by the year 2035. I know I have said this before, but I believe that it should be taken very seriously, Albert Einstein said, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live”. This means by the year 2040, we could all be extinct.

At Beehive Bow Ties, we donate a portion of the profits to helping save the bee population. We donate to organizations that are dedicated to saving the bees. So with every bow tie that you buy, you too are helping save the bees. Gentlemen know that looking good is important, but doing good is even better. Click here to find your bow tie that will help save the bees from going extinct.

The Honey Bee

The honey bee plays a very important role in the survival of mankind. Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Bees alone pollinate about 180,000 different types of plants.  The simple bee pollinates about 75% of the crops listed as leading food crops. 

Bees are used and managed by farmers to pollinate crops, which contribute $15 billion to the U.S. economy annually. 90% of almonds, which contribute $5 billion to the United States economy, are pollinated by bees.  Bees are able to contribute $217 billion annually to the global economy. Bees are very important creatures, but they are dying. In 2016, 44% of all hives in the United States died. In 1960, the United States had about 6 million hives, today we are down to just over 2.5 million hives. 

Bees are amazing little creatures that communicate with each other in a very unique way. The Waggle dance is the way that bees communicate with one another. Once a bee finds a new food source, the bee will fly back to the hive and do the intricate waggle dance to tell the other worker bees where the new food source is. 

The dance starts out with the bee doing what is called the waggle run. The waggle run is just a straight line, but it tells other bees how far away the flowers are. If the flower patch is close to the hive, then the bee will do a circular dance and the watching bees know that the flower patch is really close.

 The bees can tell up from down inside of their hive, so bees use that to tell the direction of where the flower patch is. Up is where the sun is, and then the dancing bee waggles at an angle that is the same as the angle of the sun to the flower patch in relation to the hive. 

Bees also see colors differently than humans do. Bees have trouble seeing the color red, but make it up in seeing blues and purples much better than humans do. This helps bees see the pollen in the flowers much better than humans ever could!

If you want to learn more about the honey bee click here! There are so many amazing facts about honey bees and their incredible abilities!