Like river lilies, luna bees have proven themselves to be one of the valley’s most valuable assets since the “factory” sprang to life, single handedly pollinating the majority of the surviving flora. These hearty little guys build their hives in the hollows of trees, and are named for their nocturnal lifestyle and brightly glowing bioluminescent thoraxes. They have no stingers, but the chemicals that make them glow are mildly toxic and foul tasting to creatures that might eat them, so they have few natural predators. Their honey also glows faintly, but the concentration of the chemical is too low for humans to notice and poses no danger to those who consume it.
While luna bees exist in large numbers in the wild, farmers and herbalists often keep hives of them to help cultivate their plants, especially in a greenhouse environment. Greenhouses are vital to village survival in the valley, as the inclement weather is unsuitable for growing many useful medicinal herbs.
Due to the natural intensity of their glow, a handful of luna bees makes a suitable light source in a pinch. Some villagers utilize humane lanterns that attract the bees with sugar water, but allow them to come and go as they please. On a dry night, one can expect a steady presence of 4-5 bees in a sugar lantern.
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