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What is the Buzz About Bees
A Bee Colony
Bee Waggle Dance Vector
Story By: Cow Flipper
Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”
So what is the story about these amazing little creatures? What is the buzz about Bees? Well most of us have tasted the sweet golden sticky substance known as honey. It is the fact that Bees produce honey and that Bees pollinate crops that has us now looking at these insects in a brand new way. Bees store honey for future use in a hexagonal cell network called a comb Beekeeping to farm honey is an industry today called apiculture. beekeepers use nesting boxes to raise honey bees to harvest their wax combs and honey.
A honey bee colony is made up of three casts.
- The queen produces eggs and offspring. One queen will give burth to thousands of undeveloped females known as workers. The males are only used to fertalize the eggs produced by the queen. A queen bee has a strong abdomen and a sharp lancet stinger connected to a poison gland. Queens only fight rival queens and can reuse their stinger since it is retractable and not barbed like the workers stingers.
- The Workers number in the thousands and do the major work for the colony. Worker bees are undeveloped females. They scout out leaving the hive to gather nectar from flowering plants that they later turn into honey in which they feed the members of the colony. Worker bees communicate to other bees where nectar sources are by dancing in a certain way to relay information about where they gathered their bounty. The others bees in the colony are able to understand the dance and return to the area that was communicated to them by other scouts. Workers also make the honey comb cells, clean the hive, they tend to the larvae, and ventilate or cool the hive by fanning their wings. Workers only live about six weeks. They are also the soldiers of the hive fighting to defend it against any threats.
- The Drones are fertile males which have no stingers. It is their job to fertilize the queens offspring and keep the colonies numbers large. Drones (males) have a very short life span and are really only used to keep the colonies functioning.
Bee larvae and pupa develop in their cells and emerge as adults. The baby bees are fed constantly by the workers. The pupa are sealed in their cells. Fertilized eggs become workers where unfertilized eggs end up as drones. The fertilized effs may form into a queen if the larva is fed royal jelly a form of granular secretion thought to have sex hormones and nutrients designed to turn a worker into a queen. They are only given this food the first three days of life and after are given a pollen and honey mixture known as bee bread.
Colony Collapse Disorder
Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD as it has come to be known was first applied after a drastic rise in a number of hive disappearances in North America in late 2006. Colony collapse is significant because crops are pollinated by bees. Without the bees the crops will not grow and we will lose major crops all over the world.
The cause of CCD is still and unknown at this time though it may be due to a combination of many factors and not a single factor that is the cause.
- The Zombie Fly Parasite kills bees by laying eggs in a bee’s abdomen. After a few days the parasite infested bee fumbles out of the hive at night. The bees often fly towards light sources. The bee is then unable to control their body. Once the bee has given its life 13 fly larvae crawl out of the bee’s neck.
- Varroa - Israel Acute Paralysis Virus Varroa mites are the number one bee killer worldwide because they carry viruses that effect bees. One virus is a deformed wing virus. The second is a paralysis virus.
- Raw Organic Honey is the only food that does not spoil when stored in an airtight container.
- 13th century treasure hunters found honey in Egyptian tombs as old as the great pyramids with still edible honey.
- Pollen is collected on a bees body by small hairs. The bees use stiff hairs on their legs to brush the pollen off themselves that they then pack into little pellets which they carry on their legs to their hive. The bees move through a trap door created by hive entrance keepers that are so narrow they knock these packets off the bee's body. These pellets are known as bee bread.
- Bees make honey by placing nectar into wax comb cells. As the bees fan their wings they ventilate the hive structure removing moisture which concentrates the sugars, this is the process of how honey is made.
- Raw Honey can be used as an appetite suppressant.
- Raw Honey can be placed on wounds such as small cuts and 2nd degree burns and then covered by a bandage.
- It can be used to treat chapped lips.
- Bees collect resin propolis from trees and bring it back to the hive the same way they do pollen. This propolis has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. It can bee consumed with honey to help boost the immune system, skin, and liver. Russian doctors have used this propolis for years to treat medical problems and it is often refereed to as Russian Penicillin.
Health Benefits from Eating Bee Propolis:
- Relieves seasonal pollen related allergies.
- Reduces or eliminates premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.
- It boosts the immune system.
- It improves mental alertness.
How to take Bee Propolis:
- Drip tincture of propolis down your throat mixed with juice and drink it.
- Place the propolis between the cheek and gum and suck on it.
Raw Honey Uses:
- Yest Infections
- Athletes foot
- Arthritis Pain
- Its an Antispetic and can be used one wounds and burns
- Manuka Honey is an antibacterial
I hope you learned something new today reading this article about bees and their bounty.