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Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

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There are three types of people when it comes to insects. The first group of individuals don’t mind bugs. They might even get a job dealing with them for some strange reason. The next group are people that share a mutual understanding with bugs: don’t mess with me and I won’t mess with you. The last group consists of people terrified of anything that has to do with bugs, and I am an active member of this group.

Nothing on Earth should have that many legs. What’s the need for all those eyes? Don’t even get me started on the ones that can fly. With around 900 thousand species of insects out there, it’s easy to get freaked out when things like the Asian giant hornet and the Brahmin caterpillar moth exist. However, there is one bug that’s earned my respect: the bee.

Without these hard workers, life on Earth would be a lot worse. You can thank bees for not only honey, which helps reduce allergies, boost energy, and fight cancer, but also for putting every third bite of food you eat on your plate. Bees also are beneficial to the economy, since $15 billion dollars of crops are pollinated by bees.

Helping ensure the survival of humans is only just one amazing fact about these insects. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life. Bees communicate to one another through dancing, a bee will only produce about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in it’s lifetime, and a queen is the lifesource of a hive. What’s not to love?

Even though bees have the pesky problem of stinging, they only do it when provoked. It may hurt for a little bit, but do you know what happens to the bee? It dies. Stop being so dramatic, because at least you’re not dead. Unless you have a bee allergy, in which I suggest you respect bees from a far distance.

There are much worse insects in the world (wasps come to mind).  Save the bees.

 

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