I just completed my first beekeeping class.
How many people do you think would attend a beekeeping class?
My boss said 5.
My husband said 10.
I was expecting around 20-25.
Imagine my surprise when I walked into the room and saw this.
At least 150 people showed up to learn about bees!
I knew bees were amazing but I had no idea the amount of work it took for a bee to make honey. Here are a few interesting facts:
**In its short lifetime (6 weeks), one bee will only make 1/12 tsp. honey.
**Bees need to visit 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
**The Queen bee can lay 1000 eggs per day.
**The worker bees are all female. They literally do everything in the hive and outside the hive. EVERYTHING. The only job the male has is to mate with the Queen. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
**Honey bees practice ‘floral fidelity’. Floral fidelity means that one honey bee will only collect pollen from apples (for example) while another bee will collect pollen from pears. Only when that source is gone that they will move on to another type of flower.
**Bees communicate using different scents. These scents, called pheromones, are used to signal danger, to attract lost bees back to the hive, and to mark flowers that they visit. We learned that the pheromone that signals danger smells like bananas.
**Smoke calms bees. That’s why a smoker is used while working bees.
**When collecting pollen, the bee will brush the pollen with one part of their leg and pack it on another part of the leg.
More to come next week so…Bee ready!