Bee Biology 101: THE FASCINATING LIFE OF HONEY BEES

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					 “We have chose to fill our hives
   with honey and wax; thus
furnishing mankind with the two
    noblest things, which are
      sweetness and light.”
                --Jonathan Swift
Honeybees
. . . For so work the honey-bees,
creatures that by a rule in nature, teach
the art of order to a peopled kingdom.




                  William Shakespeare
                        King Henry V
Beehive
Bee values…
    To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.
                                                       Emily Dickinson


       Importance of Bees
         Pollination
         Honey
         Healthful Properties
Honey variations…
 Honey . . . It’s Special
   Approximately 300 varieties of honey in US
       Varies from water-white Bass Wood to
        rich dark Buckwheat
   Lighter-colored honeys usually are milder in
    flavor
   Darker honeys tend to have higher mineral
    content & antioxidant potential
 Honey . . . The Taste of America’s Flowers
   Because of floral sources, no two honeys are
    alike in flavor or nutritional content
 Caste System
          Duties of Hive Occupants
And for their monarch Queen – an egg-casting machine,
Helpless without attendance as a farmer’s drill.
                                                   Robert Bridges
                                              “The Testament of Beauty”




                                                          Queen
Caste System
         Duties of Hive Occupants
All we need is to be industrious not like a machine but like the honeybee.
                                                               Mahatma Gandhi




      Workers
Caste System
          Duties of Hive Occupants
From the Lime’s leaf no amber drops they steal,
                                                     John Evans
Nor bear their grooveless thighs the foodful meal;
                                                     “The Bees”
On other’s toils, in pamper’d leisure, thrive
The lazy Fathers of th’ industrious hive.




             Drones
Bee threats…
 Varroa destructor…
Colony Collapse Disorder…
Africanized honeybees…




                         XXX
Getting started…
 Some have said that a share of divine
 intelligence is in bees.                Virgil, Georgics


 Package Bees


 Nucleus colonies


 Catching a swarm

				
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