Types Of Bees Everything You Need To Know About Them

Bees are a type of insect which has quite a similar appearance to wasps. Their main purpose in nature is to enhance natural pollination amongst flowers and plants. In addition to this, they take up nectar from flowering plants and convert it into honey which is consumed by humans.

They are scientifically categorized in the kingdom Animalia, class Insecta, and order Hymenoptera. Bees come in all sizes, ranging from under five millimeters, without even a stinger, to enormously sized bees such as the Megachile pluto, which are up to approximately forty millimeters in length. These insects are usually prey to other somewhat small insects such as the dragonfly.

Honey Bees

The commonly known, the honey bee is a part of the genus Apis. They are known because of the nests they product. They give the best known for spectacular yields of honey as well as extremely large scale pollination.

Honeybees visit all kinds of flowers as well as pollinate various plant species but only one kind of honey bee is used for commercial pollination, which is the A. mellifera species. This species is used to commercially pollinate vegetable and fruit crops.

Due to this immense usage of specifical honeybees, ecologists are concerned about accidental spillage into the surrounding areas, which could create tough competition between honey bees and other types of bees present which could have devastating effects on the ecology of the area.

 

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees fall under the genus Bombus. They are mainly found in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as South America and generally tropical areas. Bumble bees are social insects. They form colonies of at least fifty individual bees and have a queen bee for each hive. They form comparatively smaller colonies as compared to colonies of honey bees.

Bumble bee bodies are generally covered from head to toe in hair, which gives them a soft, furry appearance. They have sharply contrasting colored bands around their round body. Other species of bumblebees may adopt the same coloring in order to seem dangerous to their predators.

Bumble bees can be differentiated from other bees such that the female hind leg is covered with hair and the pollen grains are stuck in between those hairs to make the transport of pollen grains much easier for the insect.

For feeding, they are naturally equipped with a long hairy needle-like structure which acts as a tongue which is used by repeated dipping it into the flower where the nectar is and lapping it up. They secrete wax from their abdominal glands. When it is created is bears resemblance to everyday hair dandruff.

Types of bees

Apidae Bees

Apidae is, by far, the most widespread family of bees. It contains fifty-seven hundred species of bees. The most commonly spotted bees are a part of this family, for example, bumblebees and honeybees. In addition to these two, carpenter bees, stingless bees, orchid bees, and cuckoo bees are a part of this family. They are responsible for natural pollination as well as commercial pollination of various crops.

Andrena Bellissima

This species of bees is known as mining bees. They reside in Europe, and North Africa and are most commonly seen through the months of April till July. Their main source of nutrition is pollen from the plant genera of Cruciferous vegetables.
Their pollen sources are the following plants:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Arugula
  • Brussels Sprouts 
  • Kale
  • Radish

Cruciferous vegetables are part of the family Brassicaceae. Their flowers are marked with crosses, hence the name of Cruciferae, which means cross-bearing in Latin.

Description and Identification of Andrena agilissima bees:

These bees are known to be an oligolectic bee, which means that they take up pollen from only a few types of flowering plants. In this case, these bees take up pollen from plants in the Brassicaceae family, which includes mustard plants as well as radish, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and many others, as listed above.

Adults of this species grow to be around thirteen to fifteen millimeters in length. The females are generally larger than males of the species. They have black bodes, with scattered white hairs on their faces and on the sides of their thorax and on their abdominal tergites. Their wings have a slight blue tint to them.

 

Halictidae

These bees are known for their attraction to sweat and are referred to as sweat bees. In the case that they are disturbed, they will sting, even if the sting is quite minor. They are usually green and red in color, but some with yellow colored markings have also been observed, especially in the males of this species.

These are the only kinds of bees that run on a nocturnal schedule, which means they come out in the early hours of the evening till dusk.

Unlike other bees that create nests in trees, this species nests underground or in wood. They lay eggs on large masses of pollen and the cell is then completely sealed, so the bee larvae are provided a large amount of food at birth.

Lasioglossum Viereck b

Lasioglossum Viereck

These species are found in the Eastern United States, ranging from Minnesota to Georgia. It is mostly found in sandy areas and is also a type of sweat bee. It pollinates various plants such as the rattlesnake master and grass-leaved goldenrod.

Females of this species have unusually long, yellow colored legs and slightly tinted brown clypeus, a slightly yellow-brown colored metasoma and the rest of the body is mainly yellow such as the terga, head, and tomentum.

This species is a highly unsocial bee. A single female raises the whole brood herself and lives in the nest alone, a sort of queen bee. This family of bee can be said to follow eusociality which is a sort of organization in the animal world.

This divides the community into reproductive and non-reproductive animals in that set society. Certain groups are formed in a single community and they are prohibited from performing one function or the other.

The Lasioglossum Viereck is sexually active in the months between April and September, which is the whole summer season in some regions.

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Best Known Home Remedies To Heal Dry Facial Skin

As if having dry skin isn’t an irritating thing to begin with, your eyes pop out as well when you see how expensive the “best” products to treat the problem with are, and you find yourself drying your wallet instead.

But don’t be discouraged, there’s still a solution available that for some reason we’ve all neglected, and that solution is using home remedies to heal dry facial skin.

Not only are these home remedies usually available within every household, I would dare say they do a better job than the overpriced, chemically induced commercial products, and of course most importantly, they’re inexpensive.

Dry skin is most common during winter, as there is not much humidity during that time.

For some, it could be because their sweat glands do not create enough moisture, or perhaps their skin is unable to maintain water very well for various reasons.

Below are some of the —

Best known home remedies for healing dry facial skin

I’ve only included ones that I know for a fact work.

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil contains very skin friendly ingredients such as Vitamin E, and Vitamin K, and is a natural Anti-oxidant., and was even used by Egyptian women in order to maintain a healthy skin thousand of years ago.

  • How to Use Olive Oil to Treat Dry Skin

Apply a small amount of olive oil after you shower, but do this before you dry yourself off.

2. Avocado

Avocado is filled with rich oils, and Vitamin A, C, E, and several B-Complex, and is filled with beneficial oils and too many good things to mention.

Besides rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin, the Avocado can dissolve any dirt that is blocking your pores, but first you need to create a very simple Avocado facial mask.

  • How to Make an Avocado Facial Mask

Take half an avocado and mash it and prepare to use either after you’ve taken a shower, or you’ve rinsed your face in lukewarm water. Apply it on your face using a sort of circual massage. Leave it on for about fifteen to twenty minutes, and remove with warm water.

3. Almond Oil

Almond oil is commonly used by massage therapists because unlike other oils, it isn’t greasy and is not absorbed by the skin too quickly, plus it has a nice sweet aroma.

It can be found in any health store and is quite inexpensive and contains some of the most important nutrients for a healthy skin, such as: Vitamin B1, B2, B6, A, and important minerals.

It is multi purpose as it also helps treat dark circles under the eyes, stretch marks, chapped lips and even as a mosquito repellent.

*  Before you learn how to use almond oil. it is important that you make sure you don’t suffer from any form of nut allergy, as that could be dangerous.

  • How to Use Almond Oil to Treat Dry Skin

First, put a few drops of almond oil on your face, then rinse your hands in warm water and massage your face. Leave it on for about five to ten minutes, and then remove it using a damp washcloth.

4. Oatmeal

Creating an oat meal mask not only helps with dry skin, it also helps relieve razor burns and sun burns, as well as various acne problems. What oat meal does is not only clean the face from dirt, but actually helps keep the face from losing water which in turn keeps the face healthy and moist.

  • How to Make An Oatmeal Mask

In order to make the best oatmeal mask you will need to mix it with a few simple ingredients, milk and one ripe banana, and of course… oatmeal.

First, mash one ripe banana, and add it into a bowl, add a cup of oatmeal into the same bowl and mix it well. Add warm milk to the mix and spread it on your face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, or if it is starting to harden around the edges.

The classic possibility of just combining oatmeal with warm water is always an option.

Just add a small amount of warm water, enough to create a paste, and apply it on your face.

When it begins to harden just rub it off, and enjoy the results.

Tips On Preventing Dry Skin

  • Improving your water intake is perhaps the best way to fight dry skin, make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Use warm water as opposed to using hot water, or try to limit your shower time.
  • Are you using the right soap for your skin?, some soaps are filled with chemicals, which while making you smell wonderful, have a terrible effect on your skin.
  • Try switching to a natural soap, perhaps you can just use soap less frequently Or consider moving on from using soaps altogether.
  • Exercising releases sweat which unblocks your pores, which in turn helps the natural moisture from your skin to reach the surface and protect it.
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Simple and Effective Steps to Emotional Freedom

Many of us have felt burdened or trapped by sadness, anger, anxiety or shame or other “negative” emotions. Although we often consciously know that dwelling on these emotions does not really serve us, once we are finding ourselves down in the pit of the feelings we don’t easily find our way out.

The simple and powerful tools described her have helped many people, including myself, to be more in charge of their emotions, so that they are able to notice and value them without becoming overwhelmed.

Strong, unresolved emotions and memories from past events or traumas are securely stored by our Unconscious Mind for three reason.

  • To protect us from becoming overwhelmed
  • Because we have not found a way to release them and
  • because we have not ‘picked up’ the learnings of the past events.

The more emotions are stored in our Unconscious Mind, the lower the threshold is for these emotions to come to the surface. Just like a pressure cooker, that needs to let out some steam, so that it will not explode.

This explains why we may sometimes start to well up watching a ‘Hallmark’ commercial or find ourselves exploding in anger and frustration when stuck in traffic.

Therefore, in addition to using the valuable tools described below, it is very beneficial to clear and empty the Unconscious Mind through meditation, hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy TM or other techniques and modalities.

1. Awareness

We often say that we feel either good or bad, which is the classic black-and white mentality. What happens is that we don’t get the bigger picture / colored picture: The more accurately we are aware of our emotions the better we can understand their meaning and respond to them.

So ask yourself: What is it what I am really feeling? Explore and get really specific. Once you have named the emotion, ask yourself the 3 questions:

  • Does this emotion feel good?
  • Does this emotion serve me or anybody else?
  • How do I want to feel instead?

This will help you to shift the focus and become more clear about the meaning of the “negative” emotion.

2. Language modulation

Many words carry an emotional charge. What language modulation does is reducing the intensity of an emotion, by describing it with a less charged word. For example transform:

  • Angry into bit annoyed
  • Sad into sorting my thoughts
  • Afraid into looking at different outcomes
  • Failed into stumbled
  • Lonely into temporarily on my own
  • Rejected into misunderstood
  • Overwhelmed into maximized
  • Stressed into energized
  • Stupid into discovering / learning
  • I have to into I get to

We can also boost positive emotions by using words that increase their emotional intensity: For example transform:

  • Fine into awesome
  • Feeling good into just amazing
  • Good into better than excellent
  • Good into vibrant
  • Great into incredible

Working with language gives us a greater versatility. Like cooking – rather than using only salt and pepper, you may want choose from a large variety of interesting spices.

Using language mindfully and creatively increases your power to choose the emotions you would like to entertain at any give moment.

3. Simple Ways to interrupt the pattern

One way of stopping for example fear/anxiety is to interrupt the emotional pattern, before it seems to spiral out of control. In NLP we call it Pattern Interrupt, which most of us have used naturally – by starting to whistle when we were alone in the dark?

So rather than freaking out, we just whistled our fear away. Pattern interrupt is a very powerful tool to start reprogramming your subconscious patterns.

Here are some examples:

  • Take a deep breath with the belly expanding on the inhale and pulling it back on the exhale.
  • Breath only through the left nostril for 2 minutes.
  • Roll your eyes up to top of your head and slightly turned inwards. This activates the visual part of your memory and stimulates the pituitary gland.
  • Drink an 8 oz glass of ice cold water.
  • Cross your arms at the chest, bring your hands underneath the arm-pits, raise your shoulders high and start breathing long and deep.

4. Emotional Modulation

This technique will give you literally the sense of handling your emotions:

  • Focus on the emotion and notice where it is specifically located in your body.
  • Notice the size, the shape ( round, square, triangle, amorphous…), the weight, the density, the temperature and the color of the emotion. Become very clear how the feeling is expressed within you.
  • “Paint” the emotion in your most soothing and calming color.
  • Notice that every emotion has a little valve that is located either on the right (right-handed) or left (left-handed) lower side.
  • Take a deep breath in, imagine that you are opening the valve to release the pressure and energy of the emotion – then exhale with a sound (ssssssssssssss…).
  • Repeat this 5 times and notice that with each exhale the shape of the emotion gets smaller and smaller until it has the size of a marble.
  • Now you can take the small emotion and place it into a little bag, 300 yards behind you. Choose a safe and comfortable place.
  • Instead of the old emotion place a very soothing, healing or happy image into your body. Increase its energy through changing the size, color, brightness etc. Notice that you this way also intensify the positive emotion.
  • Firmly seal this new image / emotion in through 4 deep breaths.
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