Wohoo!! One of our favorite months of the year is September because it is National Honey Month!! We are very blessed to bee able to talk with everyone about honey, beekeeping, and bees every day! However, we think the whole world should learn more about bees and how they work and function. So, every year we share 9 things we think many people may not know about bees or honey!
1-Bees use water for keeping the beehive at a proper temperature! The bees will put a thin layer of water down on the beeswax and move their wings very fast circulating the moisture and cooling the hive. The world’s first swamp cooler how cool is that?
2- Orchid bees are a species that only pollinate orchids; they will share nests with other orchid bees, and they live in tropical locations!
3-Honey is a humectant; this means that honey will draw moisture to your skin! That is why honey is used in so many lotions, face masks, hair conditioners, soaps, and lip balms!
4-The first modern beehive was made in 1851 by L. L. Langstroth! He is known as the father of beekeeping and was the one who discovered what bee space was in 1852. Bee space is known as a ¼ of an inch to 3/8 of an inch. This is where bees will walk around the frames of honey in this space and they would not fill the space with wax.
5-One of the oldest drinks on the planet is called mead; this is a fermented honey alcohol. Many cultures have been enjoying mead for centuries; Greeks, Irish, and the Mayans, just to name a few. Many mead makers now add different fruits and flavorings to offer an even bigger variety of mead!
6-The first honey extractor was invented in between 1864 and 1865 in Venice by a man named Major Franz Elder Von Hruschka!
7- Many species of bees will build exposed honey comb on tree limbs. The bees will use propolis as a lining between the tree limb and the honey comb. This lining of propolis traps the ants that try to take the honey!
8-Milkweed and orchids have something called pollinium; this is a bundle of pollen that gets carried to the other flowers for pollination!
9-Do you know that if it gets too hot on the inside of the beehive the beeswax can melt?
Please share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special and amazing bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!
From our hive to yours,