Google Doodle celebrates Earth Day with game about honeybees

Google marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with an animated graphic and celebrated “our planet and one of its smallest, most critical organisms, the bee.”

The special doodle features a bee hovering over green surroundings that represent nature. Google has also created a game that lets users control a bee pollinating flowers. The doodle begins with an introduction about pollination in the backdrop of animation as users click on the play button.

“Pollination by bees makes two-thirds of our world’s crops possible as well as 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants,” the animation said. Bees are instrumental in the process of pollination or transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma.

The doodle then educates the users on how two-thirds of the world’s crops are possible due to the honey bees. Then, an interactive game starts where the player can move the bee with the mouse and pollinate the flowers.

Throughout the game, a series of fun facts about the bees appear on the screen. The game can be played endlessly for as long as the player wants.

Google came up with the doodle in collaboration with ‘The Honeybee Conservancy’, a non-profit organization based in in New York. The search giant also sent out a tweet, with the caption, “See what all the BUZZ is about in this year’s interactive #GoogleDoodle celebrating #EarthDay!”

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