The United Nations has recognized the importance of bees for the ecosystem and 20 May has officially been declared World Bee Day.
Bees are pollinators and fundamental to the world’s agriculture, as 75% of the world’s food crops depend on their pollination. In order to make sure bees always have enough flower pollen and nectar to eat, Franck decided to present Beestro – a container for planting flowers for honeybees. All one has to do it put some potting soil in the container, plant the seeds, water them and put the container in a place where the bee-friendly flower pot will have enough natural light. In order to make the process easier and simpler, Franck was assisted by the project ambassador and horticultural engineer Sandra Bedran in making a series of educational videos about bees and planting.
Franck has created Franck Beestro to help protect the endangered bee communities and raise the awareness of the importance of bees for life on Earth and also to incite its consumers and wider public to contribute to the preservation of natural resources and protection of these important pollinators. World Bee Day is an ideal incentive to everyone to bring about positive change and start making a better tomorrow.
Franck Beestro is a tin container for planting pollinator-friendly plants providing the much-needed food sources for bees. It contains two packages of Franck tea and a honeybee flower seed mix, including spice seeds like sage, lavender, thyme, sunflower and phacelia that can be planted in the container and put on the balcony, window, terrace or garden to provide enough food for dozens of bees during the flowering season.
Franck Beestro is available at a non-binding suggested retail price of HRK 25.98. In addition to the tin container, the Franck webshop offer also includes a limited-edition ceramic Franck Beestro pot with carefully crafted and hand-painted details.
Did you know that…
- There are three types of bees within a bee hive (colony): the queen bee, the worker bee and the drone bee.
- One bee colony consists of 20 000 - 80 000 worker bees, thousands of drones and a single queen.
- A queen can lay up to 2000 eggs per day, weighing more than her own body weight.
- A queen can live up to 5 years.
- Honeybees are the only insect in the world that produces food that humans eat.
- Bee products are honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.
- One of every three bites of food we eat depends on bees.
- Bees use the sun to navigate and communicate by movement using the dance language.
- Bees can calculate and are capable of estimating the distance and the direction of items in nature by calculating the change in angle.
- In order to produce 1 kg of honeybees have to gather nectar from two million flowers.
- Though small, honeybees can fly fast (between 40-60km/h).
- The foraging area around a beehive extends for 1 to 2 km, but sometimes honeybees can fly up to 5 km to find food.
- When outside temperature is favorable, bees will work while it is daylight (in the summer from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m.).
- For one teaspoon of pollen a bee has to work 8 hours a day for an entire month.
- The average lifespan of a worker bee in the active season is 4 to 6 weeks.
- Winter bees can live for 4 to 6 months.
- Honeybees do not sleep.
- Bees are pollinators and they are needed for pollinating a large number of different plants.
- Honeybees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years.
- When collecting nectar and pollen a bee visits around 1000 flowers per day.
- Bees have an electrostatic charge that attracts pollen which sticks to the hairs on their legs.
- Cave paintings of honey gathering date to 13,000 years B.C.
- A sealed jar of honey was found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
- In Croatia we have over 20 honey varieties.
- Worker bees use their stingers for defending the hive from other insects, while male honeybees are called drones and do not have stingers.
- Honeybees die after stinging.
- Honeybees can see the color white and different shades of blue, yellow, orange and green and they are able to see ultraviolet light.