Bee ready to Bee amazed

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.

bee class

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.

Swarm-of-honey-bees

**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.

Honey-bee-bees-at-entrance-of-hive

**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.

Honey-bee-feeding-covered-in-pollenPollen-sacs-on-hind-legs-of-honey-bee

More to come next week so…Bee ready!

Brenda

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About Brenda Embry

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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15 Responses to Bee ready to Bee amazed

  1. My son has worked a little with bees on an organic farm, transporting them to other farms to pollinate. Very interesting! You’ve shared some important facts about these little creatures that play a huge role in nature’s plan. :)

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  2. I can’t wait to hear more about this… I really want to attend a class, I just don’t have time. It sounds like you enjoyed yours!!

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  3. But did they tell you what happens to the male when he mates with the female? :o) It’s not a happy ending… I’d love to take classes like this, being the QueenB myself, and all.

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  4. bittster says:

    That’s quite the crowd! I wonder how many will be starting up hives this spring?

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  5. Apparently, bees are hot (so to speak)! It’s fascinating that each individual specializes on one flower. I wonder if that is true only of honeybees or of other species also.

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  6. That’s awesome!! I hope it inspires more people to garden organically to avoid giving bees pollen contaminated with neonicontinoids. Are you going to set up hives?

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  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Wow, the room was abuzz with eager participants! Bees are amazing creatures. A couple of my neighbors keep them and they like visiting my flowers and water features. Good luck with your new adventure with these fascinating creatures!

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