Live Honey Bee Exhibit Opens at Kohl Children’s Museum on
National Honey Bee Day, August 20
Closed Circuit TV Connects Museum Hive to Interactive Play Inside
Glenview, Ill. (August 8, 2022) -- Just about everyone knows that a honey bee can travel faster than a garden snail. But which is faster – a honey bee or a house mouse? “The honey bee wins by a long shot,” explains Janelle Iaccino, an insect expert also known as The Bug Girl with Rose Pest Solutions, www.rosepestcontrol.com, with offices throughout the Chicago area.
According to www.AmericanBeeJournal.com, a honey bee can fly as fast as 15 miles per hour. Like the tortoise, a house mouse would be left at the starting line, traveling at just about eight miles per hour.
Fun facts like these and interactive play will be introduced to kids at the new Honey Bee Hideout exhibit at Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview. A working beehive and a beekeeper have both been added to the museum. The beehive is stationed outside, connected to a closed circuit TV so that children can see honeybees in action. The beekeeper started working with Kohl in February, helping to acquire the hive.
“We are excited to be opening the Honey Bee Hideout exhibit with Rose,” said Stephanie Bynum, vice president of programs at Kohl. Children will be learning about the importance of honey bees in our world through interactive play,” she said.
That play includes the museum’s live hive projected on a monitor in the Honey Bee Hideout. A second monitor shows bee activity inside a similar hive.
“Everything at Kohl includes learning through play and interactivity,” Bynum explains. The Honey Bee Hideout will include a larger-than-life honeycomb structure that kids can take colorful “pollen” samples from a “flower” and fly it to the hive,” she said.
Outdoor hives can have as many as 60,000 members with one queen bee that lives for up to four years.
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It’s not just all fun and play. “Pollinators such as bees, flies, moths, butterflies, beetles, hummingbirds and bats are crucial to the survival of entire ecosystems,” Rose’s Iaccino explains. Seventy-five percent of all food we eat benefits from pollination with honey bees being responsible for as much as $5.2 billion of agriculture production in the United States alone. More than 20,000 species of bees exist worldwide.
For Rose, managing pests is about the balance of nature and human impact. Iaccino and her sister bug girls spend a lot of time in the communities they serve teaching about the importance of honey bees, butterflies, and dozens of other native pollinators.
They even helped Kohl with another exhibit, having sponsored the installation of a pollinator garden at the front of the museum in 2016, a natural place for the new Kohl beehive to gather and spread pollen and nectar, both feeding the hive and pollinating plants along the way. The pollinator garden includes wildflowers, milkweed, wild lupine, and various other plants that pollinators love, helping to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators to the Museum grounds. It teaches about the symbiotic relationship between plants and pollinators and about natives versus invasive – in an effort to recreate the prairie.
Fun Facts from www.americanbeejournal.com:
Rose’s Bug Girls are available to be a pollinator resource for classes, community or group projects. They have helped to source and install pollinator gardens in schoolyards, various children’s museum grounds and even community outdoor spaces. For more information, click HERE.
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About Rose Pest Solutions, LLC
Since 1860, Rose Pest Solutions has been trusted in the Midwest to keep homes and businesses free from insects, rodents and more. Using cutting-edge technology, environmentally friendly methods, and personalized unique solutions, Rose and its sister company Franklin Pest Solutions are dedicated to creating and maintaining healthier living environments.
Owned by the Dold Family, Rose Pest Solutions proudly serves communities in all of Chicagoland, the Greater Milwaukee area, the Greater Rockford region and South Central Wisconsin Franklin Pest Solutions proudly serves Indiana and Kentucky. For more information, see www.rosepestcontrol.com and www.franklinpestsolutions.com or call 800-GOT PESTS?
About Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum (KCM) has been a place for children, families, educators, and caregivers to learn through play while engaging in enriching, STEAM-based activities to encourage children’s imagination and curiosity since 1985. The Museum’s 17 interactive indoor exhibits and two acres of outdoor park provide the backdrop for children between birth and eight years of age to learn and grow through self-directed play. Each area of the Museum and all of its educational programs are grounded in early childhood research, and designed to nurture holistic child development, including cognitive, social, emotional, creative, and physical skills. In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicagoland families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently featured in USA Today’s 10 Best Children’s Museums in North America competition. Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.kcmgc.org or call (847) 832-6600.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
- A honey bee would have to fly around 90,000 miles -three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
- It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
- Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
- The queen bee lays up to 2500 eggs a day.
- The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- The honey bee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
- A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
- Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis Mellifera, are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.
- Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term “honey moon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.