Your first year of beekeeping is a special time. There’s so much to learn, so many awesome things to see, and a hell of a lot to do. My first year was a lot of trial and error. A lot of things went well, and some things went terribly, terribly wrong. (Like that time I dropped a queen cage into a package, and had to put my hand into a little box filled with thousands of bees). It’s time to come clean about some of the moronic things I’ve done, and hopefully you can avoid these pitfalls! Continue reading
This is the third and final installment of my Q and A with a preschool class. In case you missed it, check out “Honey Bee Q and A, Part 1 – Nectar, Pollen, and Honey” and “Honey Bee Q and A, Part 2 – Queens, Bee Bread and Royal Jelly” to get caught up.
Without further ado, here are more questions from preschoolers!
Where do honey bees go to bed?
Bees don’t sleep! How crazy is that? Instead, they go inside the hive and walk around. Sometimes they will pitch in and repair some comb or feed some brood, but bees actually spend about 1/3 of their time just meandering around the hive not really doing anything. That really turns the “busy as a bee” cliché on its ear. Continue reading
Earlier this week, I received a list of questions about bees from a preschool class. Since some of their questions were so good, I decided to post the answers here as well. If you want to read them all, check out my last post “Honey Bee Q and A – Honey, Nectar, and Pollen”. This time, we’ll focus on all the things bees feed their young, and answer a few questions about royal jelly and queen cells. Here we go!
How do bees make bee bread?
I am so impressed that this preschool class even knew what bee bread was! What a smart group of kids! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, bee bread is the main food that adult bees eat. To make bee bread, the bees mix honey and pollen together and let them ferment for a little while. Continue reading