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Friday, July 26, 2013

Bee's Knees...

Maybe it was used in the Roaring Twenties, but the expression "It's the bees knees" seems to have fallen by the wayside.  The slang translates to something that is great--and while there are many ideas swirling around about how the term originated, I thought it appropriate to talk about how bees actually use their "knees".

Since they have not yet mastered the art of basket weaving, bees have another way of collecting pollen that is very efficient.  There are hair follicles on their hind legs (near their "knees") which secure pollen onto their legs.  The pollen particles are loaded up from the bottom, each particle gets pushed further up the legs as the bee collects the next pollen particle.  Interested in learning what happens after those bees take their pollen back to the hive in their baskets??

Join TLC at the New Leaf Eco Center on Sunday, July 28 for the Open Hive Day.   and now you have a fun response the next time someone mentions that the movie they just saw was the bee's knees!!!

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