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Meet Our Bees

 

Our honeybees forage on herbs grown in our biodynamic garden as well as travel up to 2-5 miles foraging on plants, flowers & trees. 

Each hive contains approximately 60,000 bees made up of a queen, worker bees & drones and can produce up to 100 pounds of honey per year.  

 

10 Interesting Facts

 

1)  Each colony or bee hive has three types of honeybees: Queen, Worker Bees & Drones 

 

2) Worker Bees (female bees) make up 99% of the population of the bee colony & protect the hives and forage for pollen and nector

 

3) Bees are gentle by nature, if you don't bother them they won't bother you. Honey bees die when they sting. It is the female bees that stings as male honeybees do not have a stinger.  Unlike wasps, honeybees live solely on pollen & the honey they make from the nectar of flowers. Most wasps are carnivores. They hunt and kill for food. Wasps can sting repeatedly. Stinging from a honeybee, however, is an expensive proposition (they die). They need a pretty good reason to sacrifice themselves. For honeybees that reason is the defense of their hive. They are protecting the honey they need to survive for the winter. They are protecting their only shelter, their hive which takes tremendous effort to build. They are also protecting their queen, without whom there is no future. And they are protecting their young, whom they nurture through their first weeks of life before they fend for themselves.  

 

4) Drones (the male bee) can live up to 4 months.  Once no longer needed they get pushed out of the hive (I know that is sad but that is nature)

 

5) The Queen Bee has the important job of laying eggs to create the next generation of bees and can lay up to 2,000-3,000 eggs per day. Queen bees live up to 5 years

 

6) Bees must visit 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 pound of honey

 

7) Have you wondered how honeybees can buzz so loudly? Their wings stoke 11,400 times per minute

 

8) Over 70% of crops grown around the workd are pollinated by bees, so if it weren't for the bees there would not be enough food to feed everyone

 

9) Pollination occurs when the bees visit flower to flower sipping nector & collecting pollen. The little fuzzy hairs on their bodies are dusted with pollen powder which is spread from flower to flower

 

10) The three types of bees depend on each other and would not survive without each other & humans would not survive without the honey bee.