Did you know that honey bees are the only insects that produce food for humans or that a typical beehive produces 400 pounds of honey each year?
These are just a few of the “sweet” and fascinating facts you will learn about one of our most beneficial insect species when you attend the 2013 Los Angeles County Natural History Museum’s Bug Fair.
Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, Bug Fair 2013 celebrates the ‘Year of the Bee’ and visitors can explore every aspect of their fascinating world, as well as the world of hundreds of other flying and crawling insects.
Western Exterminator Company is proud to once again partner with the L.A. County Natural History Museum to let visitors get up-close and personal with bees and a whole range of the fascinating insects who share our environment. This is Western’s 20th year as the sponsor of Bug Fair and we look forward to this event as much as the over 20,000 visitors do who attend this annual event!
The Bug Fair, North America’s largest insect festival, offers devoted (like me!) and casual bug observers a hive full of information and activities that are sure to create a buzz about all things creepy and crawly.
This year’s festival will feature a wide array of bee-related information from how to become an urban beekeeper to the reasons why honey bees are so beneficial to agriculture production.
Mr. Little and the bee experts at Western Exterminator have assembled these Five Bee Facts you might find interesting:
- Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approximately 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the United States.
- A honeybee will flap its wings 11,400 times per minute to create the buzzing you hear.
- Honeybees die after they sting – the only bee to do so.
- Bees can sting even after they are dead – as long as they still have their stinger.
- A bee colony can consist of 20,000 to 60,000 bees but only one queen.
While you’re visiting the Bug Fair you can also learn about and see the homes and habitats of spiders (watch out for the jumping variety!), scorpions and dozens of other cool insects you might encounter on a daily basis.
A visit to Bug Fair wouldn’t be complete without wandering through the Butterfly Pavilion, a unique changing ecosystem where you can witness these free-flying creatures and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.
The fair will also be abuzz with more than 70 bug-enthusiastic exhibitors, displaying everything from cooking demonstrations and live specimens to bug-related products, such as honey, silk, and wax as well as bug-inspired artwork. All of this and more, plus all the great exhibits housed at the L.A. County Natural History Museum, including the new world-renown Dinosaur exhibit. What an awesome way to spend a day!
Make plans to stop by the museum on May 18-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and join in the fun. For more information on the Bug Fair visit www.nhm.org.
Have a question about bugs? I’d like to hear it. Send me an e-mail at AskMrLittle@WesternExterminator.com. I’ll get back to you right away with more information.
Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator Company “The Final Word in Pest Control®”
Have a nuisance-pest free day.