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Dear Beekeeping Enthusiast,

There’s just something about honey. Something that makes it special.

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s an insect that creates a food product that’s enjoyed by millions of humans every year. (400 million pounds are consumed every year in the America alone)

Maybe it’s the wonder that an insect can create something that’s so sweet and tasty.

Whatever it is, you and I both know that honey is an extra-special food.

Maybe that’s why there are as many as 200,000 beekeepers in the United States, most of which are hobbyists.

And that’s probably why you are here on this page… wishing you, too, could join the crowd and start beekeeping.

But when it comes to beekeeping…

Many People Don’t Know Where To Start!

You may have dreams in your head about your own honeybee colony. But you may have had questions and problems pop into your mind just as quickly.

It can be a little overwhelming and discouraging!

“If only there was an all-in-one resource that would teach me all I need to know to get started with beekeeping,” you might be wishing.

I have good news for you: now there is a resource just like that!
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Just one more food source from the backyard, I’m not showing a “how to video”, more of “what I’m doing video”. This is only our second year with this hive. I just thought I would take you along this summer on our attempt to get some honey

John from takes a organic bee keeping class to learn how to keep bees naturally without the use of chemicals and smokers. In this episode you will learn about three different types of hives, and which is best to keep bees so they will be more calm. In addition, John will share the best way to get a new colony of bees going. You will also learn about Organic Beekeeping 101, which is one of the best DVDs to purchase if you want to start organic beekeeping.

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DVD: The life cycle of a honey bee is presented as an example of complete metamorphosis, the development of an insect from egg to larva, then pupa, then adult. Moths, butterflies and wasps also develop with complete metamorphosis. Some aspects of beekeeping are also discussed. A resource for teaching the life cycle of insects. More science videos:

In this episode of Good to Grow Scott McGillivray takes Sabrina and the girls to visit a honey bee farm where they learn all about how bees make honey.



Scott McGillivray is a full-time real estate investor, contractor, television host, writer, and educator. He is best-known as the host of HGTV’s hit series, Income Property.

Sir David Attenborough visits Malaysia to take a closer look at the life of the world’s largest honey bees. When one sting can lead to a thousand very quickly in a very defensive colony of killer bees, Sir David is quite keen to make a good impression!. Amazing video from BBC animal and wildlife show ‘Life in the Undergrowth’.

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The Honey Bee Dance Language Explained:

Being a queen is about more than royal jelly:
Mao, Wenfu, Mary A. Schuler, and May R. Berenbaum. “A dietary phytochemical alters caste-associated gene expression in honey bees.”Science advances 1.7 (2015): e1500795

Multiple phenotypes coming from the same genetics (like workers and queens) is called “polyphenism”

The social structure of honeybee hives:

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Honey bees are social insects in the family Apidae, order Hymenoptera. The most important species to humans is Apis millifera, the honey bee. Honey bees live in colonies or bee hives. Bees have two pairs of wings and compound eyes. Beekeepers make hives for the bees out of straw, pottery, or wooden boxes. Wild bees make their hives in hollow trees or logs or sometimes under the eaves of houses. Worker bees stand guard at the entrance of the hive, keeping out bees from other hives. Honey bees protect their hive by stinging intruders. Bees communicate with each other with pheromones. Pheromones are body chemicals that allow bees and other animals to talk to each other by smell. Bees smell pheromones and other scents with their antennae and can tell whether a bee is from the same hive, a worker, a queen bee, or is warning about danger. Bees can fight most honey robbers like skunks, bears, and wasps who come to raid the hive. When a honey bee stings, the barbs on the stinger get stuck in the victim, and the stinger is pulled out of the bee’s body. The bee dies shortly after stinging. Queen bees however can sting many times and can pull their stinger out of the victim’s skin. The honeycombs inside the hive are made up of small boxes called cells. The cells are six-sided or hexagons. They are tilted so that the honey does not flow out. All the cells together make up the comb. The comb is made from wax that bees make with their wax glands. The wax comes out from openings on the underside of the bee’s abdomen. Bees forage thousands of flowers a day to gather nectar and pollen. Nectar and pollen are food for bees. Pollen is sometimes called bee bread. Nectar is a sweet liquid found inside flowers. The bee laps and sucks up nectar with her tube-like tongue and stores it in her honey stomach. The female worker bees make honey from nectar in the bee hive. Bees eat this honey in the winter when there is no food available from flowers. It takes more than 5,000 flower visits to make one teaspoon of honey. Honey bees also gather pollen grains from each flower they visit. The bee uses her hind legs to scrape off the pollen grains stuck to its abdomen and then presses them into the pollen basket on the hind leg. While gathering pollen, the honey bee also pollinates flowers as she accidentally carries pollen from flower to flower. When a pollen grain combines with a flower egg cell inside the flower, a seed begins to grow. Bees pollinate many crop plants—plants that give us food like oranges, apples and watermelons. Find science explorations and other good stuff for kids, parents, and teachers here: and here!/pages/Backyard-Bugs/512628555476588 Copyright 2013