So you think, you'd prefer the warmer seasons without the buzzing of bees?, and the chaotic panic they create when one intrudes on your family picnic?
Well, it's not quite that simple.
Bees lead very short, industrious lives. They weren't put on this earth to add drama and excitement to your outdoors excursions. We rely on bees to a large extent to help sustain our modern ecosystem. 'It has been said that bees are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bite of food we eat'. Approximately 84% of the crops grown for human consumption rely on pollination to grow. That is some 400 different agricultural plant species.
My favourite examples of the types of crops bees pollinate:
Apples, Nectarines, Pears, Strawberries, Lemons, Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Beets, Avocados, Kidney beans, Lima beans, and the list goes on.
Full list of crops that are pollinated by bees.
To put it simply, pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant.
Bees are also helpful in beautifying the ecosystem by helping to pollinate about 15% of all flowering plant species.
The relationship between bees and plants is a requited love affair:
"To the bee, a flower is the fountain of life, and to the flower, the bee is a messanger of love" -Kahil Gibran
So next time you think about swatting that little buzzing annoyance away, think twice. It's purpose in life is not to sting and annoy you, it has plans on a grander scale and if you just let it on it's merry way, you will be better off for it.