bees are usually very gentle busy little creatures who mind their own business and usually
don't worry about people or other animals.
bees live in a nest, called a "hive." The hive is ruled by the
queen and it may contain tens of thousands of bees. The queen is the largest bee in the hive
and she is the only female to
mate. She may lay more than a thousand eggs each day and she can live for several
years. When needed, worker bees select one or more young larvae and feed it with a
special food so it develops into a bee which becomes sexually
mature and becomes a queen. Typically, queens will sting only to fend off other potential queens.
(drones) live only to mate with a queen, and after mating, they die. Drones do not have a father
because they develop from an
The drones do not have a stinger. At the end of the season,
the worker bees remove the drones from the hive and let them die.
females (workers) do all of the work inside and outside of the hive. They
feed the larvae (babies), make the wax, build the honeycomb, clean the hive,
remove the dead, store the pollen,
make the honey, guard the hive, and collect the pollen and nectar.
During the summer months, they work so hard that her wings wear out and
she only lives for about 6 weeks. It takes 12 bees a lifetime to
make 1 teaspoon of honey.
a bee finds a good source of pollen and nectar, she goes back to the hive
and does a little "dance" to tell the other bees where to find
it. Her dance tells them the direction and distance to go, and
the direction is based on the angle to the sun.
the outside temperature, the workers
surround the queen throughout the winter and twitch their muscles to keep her warm (93F).
They survive by eating from the honey which they stored
during the summer.
A small percentage of
humans are allergic to bee stings and some even believe that bee venom
may even help relieve arthritis pain. The worker is usually the only
bee likely to sting anyone and she does it only to protect her hive
and honey. After she stings, she will die.
a beekeeper can be an educational, fun, and an exciting hobby or a business. You may produce and sell honey, candles, wax, pollen, and many
other items. Our club usually meets each month throughout the beekeeping
season and we have many people who will go out of their way to help
is practiced all around the world. Amazingly, honey has been recovered
from the pyramids
dating back thousands of years and it is still
edible. Honey does not decompose like other foods, it may become a
stable crystallized structure which can be warmed and be turned back to honey.
The practice of
honey collection and beekeeping dates back to the stone-age, as
evidenced by cave paintings. Early settlers brought
honey bees to North America from