Friday, April 15, 2011

Day #185 Never Bounce a Bee

     "Whaddya mean Never Bounce a Bee?"

     "Just what I said, never Bounce a bee."

     "Why not?"

     “I thought you’d never ask…”

One of the major benefits of bees to humans is their ability to pollinate plants. I always thought they just brushed against the pollen and some of it stuck to them. But last Tuesday at the Gwinnett Beekeepers Club meeting, I found out from Dr. Jim Ellis that the hair on a bee’s body is electrostatically charged – like all those balloons we rubbed against our heads when we were kids so we could stick them to the wall.
So, you’d never want to put a sheet of Bounce® in a bee hive, because taking away the static would make it impossible for the bees to collect all those tons of pollen.

Ain’t science grand?

p.s. Wait till you see what myth I'll be exploding in tomorrow's blog. Jim Ellis was a goldmine of information.

BEEattitude for Day # 185:
       Blessed are the good scientists, for they explain things to our humans so they can treat us better.

One thing Fran is grateful for right now:
       Perseverance, the quality that allowed me to figure out how to put together a PowerPoint presentation for the writer’s seminar I'll be teaching Saturday at Booklogix.

1 comment:

AggiePete said...

Simply amazing - electrostatically charged ... every day is something new and that's why this blog is so great! Many thanks for all your hard work - it is truly appreciated.