Raising Bees for Dummies
One of the well known insects which are economically beneficial are honey bees. For a lot of years, humans have plundered honey beehive colonies to get honey, bee larvae and beeswax.. These days, honey bees are usually kept in artificial hives throughout the U.S either commercially or hobbyists who have only a few hives and who simply enjoy working with these fascinating insects.
Honey Bee Biology
Honey bees, like ants, termites and some wasps, are known to be very social insects. Unlike ants and wasps, bees are vegetarians; their food protein comes from pollen and their carbohydrate comes from honey which is made from nectar. Social insects live together in groups, cooperate in foraging tasks and the caring for the young, and have different types individuals. Listed here, there are three types of honey bees:
* These are female workers that work in the colony.
* A colony may have 2,000 to 60,000 worker bees.
* These are male bees. During spring and summer a colony may have 0 to 500 drones.
* Drones fly from the hive and mate in the air with queens from other colonies.
The queen bee:
* A fully fertile female specialized for producing eggs.
* When a queen is lost or dies, a few younger worker larvaes are selected by the workers and are feed with "royal jelly" which is some special food. Feeding these worker bees will make these special larvae develop into Queens bees.
* Which means that the difference between workers and queens is the quality of the larval diet. Normally there is only one queen per colony.
* The queen produces "pheromones" which then regulates and affects the behavior of the rest of the bees
The workers build a hexagonal beeswax cell for the queen to lay her eggs. Developing young honey bees which are called the "Brood" and they go through 4 different stages: the egg, the larva, the inactive pupa and the young adult.
Young works just emerging, begin working almost immediately. As they age, workers do the following tasks in sequence:
1. They clean cells
2. Circulate air with their wings to ripen the honey
3. Feed larvae
4. Practice flying
5. Get pollen and nectar from forages
6. Guard hive entrance and forage
Honeybee colonies live for years, Unlike colonies of social wasps and bumble bees. Therefore, the bee colonies activity is geared towards making it through the following winter season. Being a beekeeper is a very rewarding activity that anyone can do. If you want to start beekeeping successfully you can get a copy of my guide below......
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