Honey Bees

Honey Bees

This spring, for the time in the twelve years we’ve lived in our Buckeye home, honey bees failed to arrive at our massively-blooming Palo Verde trees. Each year, one of my favorite things has been to stand beneath the tall, forty-foot branches, laden with gazillions of yellow blossoms, and savor the drone of the bees. No such thing happened this year. There were no bees in the trees.

It would be easy to fault ‘colony collapse disorder’, but I’m not familiar enough with the area, or with honey bees, to know if something else is at work in the region. What I do know is that pollination in the desert used to take place via our ant populations. Honey bees were unknown to the desert until they were imported. *** I had this from our science-loving termite inspector about a year ago. So, the absence of the bees will remain a mystery until perhaps we have our termite inspector out later in the year for his annual scouring of our property.

Here’s a fascinating, hands-on video about creating diversity in hives to raise calm bees. Here’s a succinct, fun video featuring the ‘waggle dance’, that is, the remarkable ways bees communicate a nectar source to their fellow workers. Here’s a 4-minute video briefly discussing ‘colony collapse disorder’. See what you think.

FunFacts about Honey Bees: (Source) (Source)  

  • Here’s a brief description of honey bees, quote: Honey bee (or honeybee) is any member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. In the early 21st century, only seven species of honey bee are recognized, with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically six to eleven species are recognized.
  • Honey bees represent only a fraction of the 20,000 species of bees that exist.
  • Melittology is the study of bees, including honey bees.
  • Honey bees have been around for millions of years.
  • The honey bee is the only insect that creates a food eaten by humans.
  • Here is a quote on the amazing marvel that honey is: Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. (Source)
  • Honey bees can fly up to 6 miles at 15 mph.
  • Honey bees wings beat 200 times per second which creates the awesome buzz.
  • Worker honey bees are female.
  • Each hive has a single queen whose purpose is to create more bees.
  • The queen can live up to five years and during the busy summer months, she will lay 2500 eggs per day.
  • Male honey bees are called drones. They are larger than the female honey bees, but don’t work. Their purpose is to mate with the Queen.
  • Honeybees communicate by dancing, sometimes called the waggle dance. For more information about the dance, go here or here.

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