Maybe to save the bees we should be using music. Stay with me on this.

For the last couple of decades, we’ve been very worried about the collapse of the bee population. Pesticide? Mites? Some kind of bee disease? There are a bunch of possible explanations.

While scientists are working on things, regular folks are getting into beekeeping as a way to possibly help. What began as a distraction during COVID has become a labour of love for many.

Jason Mercier is firmly on the side of Team Bee. He wrote to share this.

What would be good methods for attracting bees closer to my gardens and hives? So I randomly searched online and I found that music is a great way of attracting bees! 

I posted a link for you to see for yourself. Basically, it says that bees identify air-particle movements associated with airborne sounds and can detect frequencies up to 500 Hz. Therefore, bees are attracted to music containing frequencies in the range of 250-500 Hz. Those frequencies resemble the sounds the bees use in their hives. Neat, eh?!

Some bands to help attract bees include Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Queen, Foster the People, Joy Division/ New Order, and The Stone Roses. I also find Reggae music is also helpful. I think it’s the Bass guitar that they are attracted to. Sadly, the Bee-Gees are not on the list (Sorry, I had to).  

So anyway, I thought I’d share this fun fact about music that maybe you haven’t heard before. Maybe you can use this for future fun fact episodes or maybe give beekeeping a try. In any case, it’s a helpful tip to help our friendly neighbourhood pollinators. 

Here is the ultimate bee-friendly playlist.

  1. Crossroads – Cream
  2. Stand By Me – Ben E King
  3. So What – Miles Davies
  4. My Generation – The Who
  5. Riders on the Storm – The Doors
  6. Teen Town – Weather Report
  7. Give it Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  8. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  9. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
  10. Hysteria – Muse
  11. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  12. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  13. Freewill – Rush
  14. Phantom of the Opera – Motörhead
  15. Come Together – The Beatles

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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