MARCH 19 at 7PM — OSheas Irish Pub

Honey bees are an integral component of agriculture, providing pervasive and largely under-appreciated pollination benefits to crops and wild plants, as well as the economies and ecosystems that depend on them. Get the buzz on bees during the always educational and interesting Science on Tap event at O’Shea’s Irish Pub in downtown West Palm Beach on March 19th at 7pm.

O’Shea’s Pub is located at 531 Clematis St. For more information, please call (561) 832-1988.

Can’t make it? Get the buzz on May 14.

Did you know?

  • When Honey Bees seek out nectar and pollen to make honey with, they visit many different types of flowers, including clover, dandelions, goldenrod, fruit trees, and milkweed.
  • Once at the flower, the worker bee drinks as much nectar as she can hold. When she gets back to the hive, she passes the nectar on to another worker. This worker holds the nectar on her tongue until the water evaporates (leaves the nectar to go back into the air). She is left with honey on her tongue, which is stored in the hive.
  • When a bee finds a good place with lots of flowers, she marks the spot with a scent. She then goes back to the hive and does a little “dance” which tells the other bees the distance and direction to go. This communication helps the hive locate good places so they don’t waste time always looking for flowers.
  • Honey Bees are attracted to flowers with bright colors, but they cannot see red. Plants, which have bright flowers so that insects will pollinate them, have to rely on some other animal (like a butterfly or hummingbird) if they have red flowers.

Source: “Honey Bee.” Honey Bee. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.

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