Over here at Rotunda HVAC, we are big fans of honeybees. In fact, we are even beekeepers ourselves.
One of the most interesting facts about honeybees is their ability to keep cool in the NC summer. Hot days can be a challenge for the bees, but with some clever adaptations to their physiology, they are able to survive and even thrive in the heat.
The most important adaptation is their ability to regulate their body temperature by collecting water and fanning their wings. Honeybees can collect water droplets from plants, and fan their wings to evaporate the water, which helps them cool down. It’s actually a lot like how our Air Conditioners work in the house. They will also move around the hive, trying to find areas of the hive that are cooler, just like we might do in our house if the AC isn’t working.
Honeybees also have the ability to self-regulate the temperature of the hive by opening and closing small openings, called bee vents. These vents allow the bees to adjust the temperature of the hive, depending on the season, similar to a thermostat.
So how can you help these amazing creatures that invented AC 😜… look into to adding pollinator-friendly flowers to your gardens. Not only are these types of flowers aesthetically pleasing, they provide a valuable service to the environment. Pollinators, such as bees and other insects, are essential for the production of fruits and vegetables, and providing them with food is a great way to ensure that they thrive.
There are many types of flowers that can be planted to attract pollinators, ranging from traditional garden favorites such as daisies and sunflowers to more unusual varieties like foxglove and red clover. The best way to ensure the success of your pollinator garden is to research which plants grow best in our region, species like: