• Bees

    What do Bees Need to Survive?

    Like humans, bees need certain things in order to survive.  Because bees have lived on their own for millions of years, you may not have given it much thought. But without these 3 main things, a bee colony will be doomed.  So, what do bees need to survive? Food Like all living creatures, bees need food to survive.  Food is so important to them that they spend much of their time collecting and storing food. What exactly do bees eat?  The following are food sources for bees: Pollen Nectar Honey Pollen and nectar are foraged from nearby flowers. That’s why it is very important for a bee colony to be…

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    Do Bees Need Water?

    Everyone knows that bees gather pollen, nectar, and propolis, but people often forget about another very important resource bees must collect – water. As a beekeeper, you must provide an adequate water source for your bees. Even if you are not a beekeeper, it’s nice to leave a watering station out for the bees as well. Do Bees Need Water? Yes, just as bees need food, bees need water as well. Bees need water to survive, and if there isn’t a reliable water source near their hive, they will go out in search of water. Bees use water for drinking and for multiple uses within the hive. How Bees Collect…

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    Propolis Benefits for Hair

    For those who struggle with hair loss and thinning hair, the answer may be in an unlikely place.  Propolis has long been used for skincare, cosmetics, and medical purposes.  But a recent study has shown that there are also propolis benefits for hair, especially thinning hair.  What is Propolis Propolis is a resin like substance made by bees from tree resins and sap.  It is usually dark brown and has a sticky texture, which is why it’s often called bee glue.  Bees use propolis all over their hive to fill cracks and gaps in the walls.   Propolis is also used to line nest cavities and even reduce the hive opening. …

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    Types of Honey Bees and Their Roles in the Colony

    Honeybees are eusocial insects. That means that they live in groups and divide labor among members.  Bees are reliant on each other for survival. Eusocial insects show an advanced level of social organization.  Some eusocial characteristics include cooperative brood care, overlapping generations within a colony, and specialized behavioral groups (castes).  Other eusocial insects are ants and termites.   While it is commonly thought that honeybees have 3 castes, technically speaking, there are 2 sexes and 2 castes.  So when someone says that there are 3 castes, they really mean that there are 3 types (males and 2 female castes).  The 2 sexes of honeybees are male and female, of course. The…

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    Why do Bees Swarm?

    In beekeeping, swarming occurs when a single colony splits into two colonies.  This normally happens during the spring, but occasionally bees will swarm during other seasons.  When the colony starts to get too large, the existing queen and half of the bees will leave to find another home.  This phenomenon allows the colony to reproduce.  It’s something the colony does to survive and thrive.  Both the original colony and the swarm colony will have their own queens, so in the end, more bees will be made.  The Swarming Process Preparation Once the hive starts getting crowded, the colony will make the decision to swarm. They will prepare for this by…

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    How to Identify Robber Bees

    Once your bee colony is established and producing honey you will have to be on the lookout for robbers. You see, bees from one colony will actually try to steal honey from another colony. In beekeeping this is called robbing, and the bees are called robber bees.  A successful beekeeper must know how to identify robber bees, as well as prevent them.  What are Robber Bees Robber bees are technically forager bees. It is their job to collect food within their flight range.  Their flight range is usually 2 miles from their hive. The food they collect is normally pollen and nectar, but robber bees are after honey.   Robber bees…

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    How to Use Raw Propolis

    Have you ever seen that sticky, brown paste all over the inside of a beehive?  That is called propolis, and it’s more important than you think. While propolis has many uses for bees, it is also beneficial to humans. Just like beeswax and honey, propolis has long been harvested and used medicinally.   If you’d like to learn how to use raw propolis, read on. But first let’s cover the basics.   What Is Propolis? Commonly called bee glue, propolis is a resin like substance used by bees to seal small open spaces in the hive.  While the color or propolis can vary depending on it’s source, most propolis is dark brown.…

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    What is Brood in Beekeeping?

    If you are learning about beekeeping you will notice the word brood used often.  And if you are new to the world of beekeeping brood is probably an unfamiliar term to you.  So, what is brood in beekeeping? In beekeeping the word brood refers to the eggs, larvae, and pupae of the bees.  They reside in the brood chamber, which is usually the bottom boxes of the hive.   Frames in which brood are developing are called brood frames.  These frames contain brood in various stages of development, as well as some pollen and nectar in the upper corners.  It is important for beekeepers to be able to identify brood patterns,…

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    Bees

    Nucs or Package Bees – Which is Better?

    Like any new hobby, beekeeping has some words that most people don’t understand.  When I first became interested in beekeeping I began to read everything I could online. Luckily, there is  a lot of information online for prospective beekeepers. However, one word kept popping up that I did not understand – Nuc.  What is a nuc in beekeeping? In beekeeping, a nuc is a small colony of bees.  The term nuc is short for nucleus colony, and they typically contain 1 queen and a few thousand bees.  These bees are housed in a small hive containing 3-5 frames.   Nuc vs Package Bees  Both nucs and package bees are both used…

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    How Many Queen Bees are in Each Hive?

    The “Queen Bee” is often thought of as the most important member of the colony and bee hive. In many ways, this is actually true. However, there are some situations where the worker bees have more “say” and control over the colony than the queen bee. Let’s take a quick look at how many queen bees there can be in a bee hive and how important the queen bee actually is to the colony. How Many Queen Bees Can There Be in a Bee Hive? The simple answer to this question is one. In most cases, there’s only one queen bee in a bee hive. There are, however, some situations…