Honey is made by bees.
Honey bees work in one of the world’s most efficient facilities, the beehive. On average a beehive consist of around 50,000 bees! Bees may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey!
Why do bees make honey?
Honeybees collect nectar and store it as honey in their hives. Nectar and honey provide the energy for the bees’ flight muscles and for heating the hive during the winter period. Honeybees also collect pollen which supplies protein for bee brood to grow.
Honey bee colonies.
A colony generally contains one breeding female, or “queen”; a few thousand males, or “drones”; and a large population of sterile female “worker” bees. The population of a healthy hive in mid-summer can average between 40,000 and 80,000 bees. The workers cooperate to find food and use a pattern of “dancing” and chemical pheromones to communicate with each other.
Bees can bee safe and fun when young.
Here is Buster’s granddaughter C.J. holding a frame of bees
A NUC is a small starter hive of bees on five frames, that should be transferred into a whole 8 or 10 frame hive. Each NUC has a new Queen and most of the bees are her offspring.
A Queen Bee is distinguishable by it’s longer and darker abdomen section.
Seen in this image with a white dot on her thorax, the dot is a date code system beekeepers use. Color=Year end number
White 1 or 6, Yellow 2 or 7, Red 3 or 8, Green4 or 9, Blue5 or 0