New research indicates that bees living in urban environments have the best diet because they have access to a wide variety of flowers.
According to a study performed by The National Pollen and Aerobiology research unit at the University of Worcester, bees who can visit more types of flowers will receive more nutrients than their rural dwelling counterparts.
The researchers analyzed two bee hives, one at Kensington Palace, in London, and one in the rural area of Yorkshire and Barrington Court in Somerset, England, where bees have access to primarily one crop, oilseed rape.
These two hives allowed researchers to compare the diets of the two types of bees. "This is important because different flowers can provide different levels of nutrition," said John Newbury, who worked on the study.
The researchers are also studying certain types of flowers that seem to be popular among bees, including14 varieties of lavender.
Those who enjoy the buzzing of honey bees may want to consider putting out a bouquet of the fragrant purple blossom. In addition to the herb's lovely color and scent, lavender can be used to treat insomnia and may promote relaxation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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