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Galveston County
News Release
Friday, August 17, 2018

There are several simple ways to help our local honey bee colonies

GALVESTON, Texas – Honey bees pollinate 80 percent of the world’s plants, including 90 different food crops? Even more impressive, one out of every three bits of food is pollinated by bees.

“Honey bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by man,” said Donita Brannon, Moody Gardens horticultural exhibits manager.

National Honey Bee Day on August 18 is dedicated to educating the public about honey bees and beekeeping as well as the environmental concerns that affect the bees. The movement started in 2009 when a small group of beekeepers petitioned for and were granted a formal declaration by the USDA honoring honey bees and beekeeping.

“Honey bees pollinate more than 150 different types of food,” said Brannon. “Bees can collect four to five pounds of nectar each and every day and it takes about four pounds of nectar to make one pound of honey. On average, we consume more than one pound of honey per person per year.”

These insects visit roughly 1,500 flowers and travel up to six miles a day to gather nectar. Among their favorite plants are native and heirloom varieties, herbs like mint, sage, and lavender and plants including honeysuckle, sunflowers, blackberries, pears, peaches and apricots.

But it’s not all flowers and sunshine.

Honey bee colonies are collapsing at an alarming rate, Brannon said, mostly due to pesticides that are sprayed onto plants that they pollinate. More than one in three honey bee colonies have died over the last three years. In addition to colony collapse, insects that threaten honeybees include wax moths, varroa mites, tracheal mites and the American foulbrood.

However, everyone can do their part to help honey bees, said Brannon.

Here are ten simple steps to help make the environment more bee-friendly:

  1. Buy plants that honey bees pollinate.

  2. Buy honey from local bee keepers at farmer’s markets.

  3. Eat organic foods which aren’t grown using pesticide that are harmful to bees.

  4. Support community gardens.

  5. Leave bee hives alone if found outside.

  6. Use safe bee removals for bees found in homes or other buildings. Try to release them back into their natural environment.

  7. Leave dandelions and clover growing in grassy areas.

  8. Put small basins of water near gardens. Bees get thirsty just like humans.

  9. Educate others about the importance of protecting honey bee colonies.

Also, as Honey Bee Day approaches, visit the MG 3D Theater for “Backyard Wilderness 3D.” This film, opening on Aug. 20, inspires viewers to explore the amazing natural wonders that exist in nature all around us on a daily basis. Win a Backyard Wilderness 3D Backpack Explorer Pack valued at over $100 with drawings at each Saturday showing through Sept. 29.

For more information, call 409-744-4673 or visit

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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