New bee exhibit buzzes into Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

The Hive.

(KUTV) — We were joined in studio by Caroline Ralston, the Director of Marketing at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, to discuss a new bee exhibit.

The aquarium's latest exhibit, The Hive, showcases Utah's state insect, the honeybee.

Guests can see the working hive, search for the queen bee and watch them make honey, according to a news release.

Guests can also learn why bees are so crucial and how they can help protect the important insect.

"Bees do a lot more than just make honey," a news release states. "In the U.S., we depend on honey bees to pollinate nearly one third of all the food we eat every day."

This includes peaches, cherries, strawberries, almonds, watermelon, avocados, blueberries, squashes, onions, apples and lettuce, a news release states.

A single hive can contain 20,000 to 80,000 worker bees who gather pollen every day. The queen bee lays 2,000 to 3,000 eggs every day.

"Utah is home to over 900 species of native bees," a news release states. "Most of these are endangered or threatened. By planting native plants and building bee houses, you can help protect our native bees. Avoid using pesticides that can harm bees."

The new exhibit has been in the works for a year and a half.

The Hive's grand opening will take place on May 31 at 10 a.m.