What are honeybees?
Honeybees are like bumblebees and ants they are social insects that live together in a large group with a differentiated division of labor.
Their body consists of a head, thorax and abdomen.
Females bees can give you a sting but they almost never do, as they will die afterwards.
How many types of Bee are in a Honey Bee colony?
|A new queen cell|
A bee is alive for about 6 weeks. A healthy hive contains more than 50,000 bees. On an annual basis, these approximately 35 to 50 kg of pollen and a variety of nectar. The protein-rich pollen is necessary for the development of the larvae. For a good development are various types of pollen required to cover the entire protein requirements of the bees.
All together it is a few hundred kilos of food to be dragged inside the hive.
And this must be done efficiently.
So worker bees explore the area very well.
When they found that a reasonable amount of food is available, they fly back do a pretzel-like (bee dance) in which they indicate which direction to fly where the fod is.
The more there is to get, the more intense the dance. Large areas with flowering plants can then be massively visited by bees in a short time.
There are many tasks in the hive. Such as (making combs of wax) building bees, nursing, , the gatekeepers, the polishers.
The age of the workers plays an important role in the distribution of work in the honeybee colony.
In the first phase of her life as an adult when a worker remains in the centre of the brood.
After a week or two they shift operations of the worker bee to assist in the processing and storage of food or in the defence of the entrance. After about three weeks, she will continue her career as gather bee . They usually continue to do this until the end of her life, after about five weeks. Foraging is the biological term used for regularly recurring search and finding food.
This summer our bees have been very busy and the queen is very healthy laying about 2000 eggs a day
Imagine how much space they need with all these new babies.
When checking up last time we did notice lots of bees and plenty of brood so we added an extension by adding another brood box.
In the brood box is the queen this is where is lays her eggs.
We dont want eggs and honey to mix so in between the brood boxes we have whats called a queen excluder.
COLLECTING OUR BEES
It was an exciting day after waiting so long for the new bees to arrive.
We ordered our bees from Park beekeeping supplies who are a small business in South London Greenwich
The bees have settled in very well and after 24 hours we moved them into their new home.
Its now been a few months and we had a quick peek the other day and its been buzzing with happy bees.