What's the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter

This exhibit explores the amazing history of humans keeping honey bees for food and other bee products and the critical role bees play in pollinating about a third of the plants we ultimately consume as our food.

There are not enough honey bees left in the wild to pollinate all of our crops, so commercial beekeepers now commonly move their bee hives (sometimes across the country) to achieve this important task. Since 2006, a series of large-scale die-offs of honey bees have occurred.

The interactive exhibit also takes a look at bees in culture and religion, migration history, the physiology and anatomy of bees, and the future of honey bees and their connection to agriculture.

Puzzles on bee body types, pollination and the waggle dance are among the interactive activities that are part of the exhibit.

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