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Let’s hear it for the bees!

AS we celebrate World Bee Day on May 20, let’s all give a shout-out for the ‘super sisterhood’!

I for one think that this creature deserves to have its day. After all, 270 species of bee have been recorded in the UK alone and it is estimated that without them UK farmers would have to spend £1.8 billion each year on pollinating their crops, our food.

The bee generally has a good image being furry and round. The most familiar is the honey-bee and it makes the deliciously sweet and mysteriously powerful substance that provides sweetness and historic cures. There is some confusion about its ability to fly but this really reflects the use of the wrong equation. The truth is that the bee just beats its wings faster than most, about 230 times per second, and out-beats its 80 times smaller competitor, the fruitfly, by 30 per second.

There is another remarkable thing about bees in that they are haplodiploid, a genetic process of determining whether they are male (from unfertilised eggs) or female (from fertilised eggs). This means that female bees are more closely related to their sisters than they are to their own offspring. Now that really is a ‘super sisterhood’!

At Grotech Production we recognise that some pesticide products are bad news for bees. It is sadly unfortunate that in managing less economically helpful or positively unhelpful insects, which is what those pesticide products are intended to do, bees are also impacted.

As professional experienced agrochemical manufacturers and packers, we do all we can to ensure that the products that we handle are kept properly under control so they don’t get accidently into the environment while they are in our care. Integrated pest management processes can also do a lot to minimise impact on bees. For instance, targeted spraying or only spraying at night so the material has settled from the air before the bees awake are both good practices.

wild flowers in the grotech wilderness
Wild flowers growing in the Grotech Wilderness

We are particularly proud of our work with biopesticides that are more environmentally responsible and sustainable. One such example is filling bottles with pollen to encourage and feed beneficial insects that prey on more harmful ones. Over the years we have developed our skill in handling these, usually natural, materials and are receiving growing recognition for our expertise in this area. If biopesticides are something we can help you with, why not give us a call on 01405 761746 or email us here.

In the meantime, we will continue to encourage bees and butterflies to our wild garden area with plants they particularly love and wish all bees a productive pollinating day on May 20th!

Martin Usher
Managing Director