All about bees
Did you know that are 25,000 types of bees in the world?! Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. They transfer pollen between the male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.
The queen rules in the hive and is very busy laying about 1,500 eggs per day. The males or drones have to mate with the queen and they do not sting. The workers are all females and do all the work for the hive; they clean, feed the baby bees, feed and take care of the queen. They also spend their days fanning to cool the hive and building and repairing honeycombs.
Two things to know if you get stung: it was a worker and they die after using their stinger.
If the queen bee dies, workers will create a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a special food called ‘royal jelly’. Honey bees fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second! Each bee has 170 odorant receptors, which means they have one serious sense of smell! The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks and she’ll produce around a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey. When the worker returns to the hive, it moves in a figure-of-eight and waggles its body to indicate the direction of the food source.
Sadly, over the past 15 years, colonies of bees have been disappearing, and the reason remains unknown. Referred to as ‘colony collapse disorder’, billions of Honey bees across the world are leaving their hives, never to return.
We can support our regional honey bees and beekeepers by choosing locally produced honey and you can help bees by planting flowers in your garden and keeping a small basin of fresh water outside.