Our Top 5: Bee-Saving, Inspirational Videos

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"Save the bees, save the planet!"

A phrase we have all probably heard once or twice.

But hearing these once in a while doesn't always spark inspiration to help. Especially when we aren't even fully aware of the problem.

Why do we need to save the bees?

How will it really help our planet? A call to action needs inspiration. Something to spark our interest, hit us right in the feels and make us genuinely care.

During my early stages of bee research this was a big question that came up: WHY?

In order to be truly dedicated, I needed to have a solid why-factor. Coming across these videos has helped educate me on why bees are so important. It also has solidified my desire to help and move forward to do better for ourselves, our community and our environment.

This first video was the first TED Talk I had ever watched.

I thought for some reason they were only really useful for college students and only had boring topics. I am not in school, so I didn't think I needed to bother checking them out. Even while researching, I was skeptical and kept mostly to YouTube for the first week. Watching Marla, however, changed my mind completely. This video is very informative and gives us great insight into the issues all bees are facing and how it is directly related to humans.

My next inspirational video also happens to be a TED Talk (I am addicted to them now).

The speakers name is Noah and he has an amazing dream of having hives in urban cities. Whether they are in parks or on rooftops, he shows that it is very doable and essential for our future.

The next video helps try to explain the issues surrounding colony collapse disorder. 

A recent phenomenon causing bee colonies all over the world to turn into ghost towns.

It includes many reasons all contributing to a perfect storm of issues harming and hindering our bees.

What would happen without our bees?

Do you like dairy, coffee or jeans? This next video shows just what life would be like without our precious pollinators.

This last video on the list is all about the symbiotic relationship between bees and flowers.

Without flowers, we wouldn't have bees - and vice versa.

This video has me motivated to plant all the flowers I can around both my parents home and my own. I hope after you watch it, you will want to go plant some in your backyard as well.

All these videos have got me itchin' to start helping the bees and get our hive started. There are so many inspirational videos out there to watch and these are just a few we liked. If anyone has a video that inspired them, please comment the link below! The more the merrier to get us all in the mood to help save our bees and spread the word.

I also wanted to leave you with this bonus video which is not very informational or totally accturate but it is hilarous and gets stuck in your head!

Now go out there and save some bees!

Honeybee or Honey Bee?

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Tomato - Tomato? Potato - Potato? Isn't it all in the same?

That's what I thought when it came to the word honeybee/honey bee.

In my research, I came across both terms and figured it was the writer's preference. Either way, it didn't distract me from my studying though it did leave me curious.

Which one is right? Is there one that is truly right? Is it maybe something that differs from culture? Like colour or color? I set out to find the truth and settle it once for all.

After a bit of digging, it turns out there is a term that is more "pollen-itically" correct.

Drum roll, please... "Honey Bee"!

The dyad takes the cake. And the reason why is actually quite interesting. As I searched for my answer a few articles quoted a book by Robert E. Snodgrass called Anatomy of the Honey Bee written way back in 1956!

The preface to the book is quoted here:

"First, it must be explained why the name of the bee appears in the title as two words, though "honeybee" is the customary form in the literature of apiculture. Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed.

It says: If the insect is what its name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is pre-eminently a bee; "honeybee" is equivalent to "Johnsmith"."  -Ananatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass (1956)

Now though that may be a bit hard to understand. My gathering from it is: if the second word is what it actually is, they go separately. Like his examples of house fly versus butterfly. A house fly is, in fact, a fly, where a butterfly is not. Makes sense when you think about all the examples.

Although Miriam-Webster's Dictionary states "honeybee" as the spelling with "honey bee" as a variant, I still think the science trumps everything.

Therefore, I am going to stick with Robert on this one and keep things scientific.

From now on (and I am going back to edit and make sure I am consistent) I will keep to the phrase "honey bee".

Now I am not saying anyone using the compound word as a whole is wrong. To each their own of course. I have just decided to make an educated choice considering I am starting out my journey in the beekeeping world, and want to be as informed as possible.

And so continues the journey to enlighten myself and others on the path to a better world for our honey bees.