It might sound a little strange to put a spoonful of sugar in the garden, but it is extremely important! Why? Because of the bees! Bee lovers from around the world have been sharing pictures of the little creatures drinking sugary water from spoons after following a message on a Facebook page (dedicated to the Englishman David Attenborough). The message asked to help the bees with an extremely simple gesture: By putting a spoonful of sugar in the garden.
At this time of the year, bees often look as if they are dying, but they are far from it. Bees can get tired and they simply do not have enough energy to return to the hive, which can often lead to them being swept away, according to the Facebook message. If you find a tired bee at home, a simple solution of sugar and water can help the exhausted creature. Simply mix two tablespoons of white granulated sugar with a tablespoon of water and place the mix in the garden. There is even a new hashtag #savethebees! Do you want to know what else you can do to save the bees?
According to ABC News, the best what people can do is to keep flowering plants in the garden and to avoid pesticides. But if you also want to use the spoonful with sugar, you have to be careful with the type of sugar you use. In particular, white sugar (sucrose) should be used to replenish honey shortages in the hive and to prevent famine of colonies, according to the Ministry of Primary Industries. Bees collect nectar or sucrose from flowering plants before being stored in the form of honey for later use in the winter and at other times when no flowering plants are available.
During the ripening of the nectar, a chemical conversion of sucrose (nectar) into fructose and glucose takes place through an enzyme that occurs naturally in the flower nectar and that is added by the bees. Over the past five years, the bee population has decreased by a third. If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, it is often said, people would only have four years to live. Preventing further decline in bee populations is crucial for protecting food sources worldwide. One in three bites of food around the world depends on bees that pollinate about 80 percent of the flowering plants on Earth. In the US alone, the buzzers pollinate 75 percent of all the fruits, nuts and vegetables. So grab that spoon fast and put it in the garden!