Bees cluster around a honeycomb seen here in an urban beehive tended by Sam Shapiro, 8, and his dad Milt Shapiro at their home in Washington, D.C. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Facts about bees

Here are four things Sam thinks kids should know about bees:

1 Bees are an important part of our environment because they pollinate flowers so they can bloom. In Washington, bees pollinate the purple, white or yellow crocuses that pop up in the spring and the pink blossoms on cherry trees.

2 Bees sting only if they think their hive is being threatened or if someone is bothering them. Instead of saying “excuse me,” bees sting.

3 If a bee is flying around, ignore her and she’ll fly on by.

4 Bees care about their families. Worker bees collect pollen and nectar, turn it into honey and store it in the combs, kind of like stocking their pantry.

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