It’s all about the honey bees! Beekeeping is an ongoing learning experience that keeps us busy most of the year. We regularly check each hive and keep notes. We work hard to ensure Bee hives are healthy, if the queen bee is not happy then the colony wont produce surplus honey.
A full Beekeeping Suit is needed when working around the bees.
Some Bee Facts:
- Bees are the only insect that make food that humans can eat.
- A hive has three types of bee:
- There is only one Queen per hive and she is the only bee to lay eggs. A Queen can lay up to 1500 eggs a day.
- The Worker Bees are all female and they do all the work within the hive.
- The Drone Bees are the males and therefore, they don’t have stingers nor do they gather nectar or pollen. Their role is to mate with an unfertilized queen.
- Bees collect nectar in a second stomach dedicated to carrying it back to the hive.
- The life of a Bee is:
- The hives honeycomb cells are used to raise their babies in, as well as store nectar, honey, pollen and water.
- A bee beats its wings 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.
- Bees carry pollen on their hind legs called a pollen basket.
- Pollen is used as a source of protein for the hive. They feed pollen to the baby bees to help them grow.
- A beehive can have as many as 50,000 to 80,000 bees in the summer.
- Bees have two compound eyes and three tiny ocelli eyes.
- Nectar is a sweet watery substance that the bees gather. Bees deposit the nectar into the honeycomb cells by regurgitating it from their stomachs. They use their wings to remove excess moisture. This results in producing honey.
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