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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on A Day in the Life of an African Worker Bee

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog Jess. Bees are very important to the environment, and as you mentioned endangered. Honey has got loads of health benefits. I now only use honey when I bake as it is so much better than using sugar.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Jess, what a wonderful story, I never knew that a single bee could only make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its life.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Jess thanks for highlighting bees. People so underestimate their level of importance in the whole scheme of things. Here in the United States we are having a problem with our bee population. Not enough is being done to help them survive but the world would experience a great loss if they do not thrive. Thanks again

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

Thanks so much for this blog post. Bees are critical to everyone, so many people are afraid of them & are unaware of their critically important role in the eco-system.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Well, I’ve read a lot about bees and their endangerment. What was jaw dropping was the minuscule amount of honey each bee makes….and yes, I WILL think about that when it’s toast time at my home! Interesting post!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Really good factual blog Jess. I’ve always been fascinated by the lives of bees and to this end, have planted many varieties of vegetation to provide them with the pollen essential to their survival. Their favorites seem to be the lavender blooms and lemon tree flowers here in Northern California.

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice story

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Master Tracker

If only we better understood the Waggle Dance! It’s fascinating to watch which we’ve seen because of a hive built up against s window by researchers. Really interesting!!!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A really great blog Jess. We take the insect world for granted and without bees we would not have a lot of our food stuff. Unfortunately not enough is being done to assist these hard working little souls. Thank you for bringing this issue up.

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