Education about bees, the bee hive, honey, and bee hive products are so important to us here at The Honey Cottage. So in honor of National Honey Month we thought we would share some fun facts about the bees and the hive.
- There are three types of bees: the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone bee. The queen’s only job is to produce babies and is the only one that eats royal jelly. The worker bees are all female, and the drone bees are all male. Worker bees do everything from taking care of gathering nectar to guarding the hive. The drones are only there to mate with the queen and then die once mating has taken place. Whatever drones are left are kicked out of the hive once winter hits.
- Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which is why honey never goes bad.
- Honey bees are the only insects that produce food for human consumption.
- Like humans, bees need to have a diverse diet of pollen and nectar to be healthy. Trees, flowers, shrubs, fruits, herbs, and vegetables (like squash blossoms) are all important for bees. This is why planting is so important not only to humans, but bees too.
- Bees dance to communicate!! They can also use their pheromones to communicate too!
- Bees can visit anywhere from 50-100 different types of flowers when they are collecting nectar.
- Beeswax can be used for candles, or to harden soaps and lip balms, or for simply waxing shoes, needles, or stuck zippers.
- Honey and bee pollen cannot be duplicated by man.
- Bees can sense fear, so do the best that can be done and stay calm when a bee is around. They only sting when they feel threatened.
Feel free to share with friends and family. The more everyone knows the better care we can take care of these amazing ladies.
From our bee hive to yours,