We Love Bees!
Honey bees are incredible little bugs! They are the only insects that produce a food consumed by humans (pretty cool, huh?) – HONEY! Honey is produced in one of the busiest yet most efficient factories in the world — a beehive.
Don’t Worry. Bee Happy.
This page is dedicated to our passion for bees and beekeeping! Here you will find a list of resources such as bee organizations, websites, and unique facts that we feel everyone would benefit from knowing! Please note, this page is intended to be fun and informative and in no way is Somedia Solutions responsible for improper facts or statistics. Beeeeee happy!
What’s with the logo? Our logo is a beehive with a bee buzzing around it. It might be obvious that we love bees – but if you’re wondering why we love them so much, Melanie wrote a blog about it. “What’s With The Beehive?”
Here are a few other facts you may not know about bees:
– Beat their wings 180 times per second
– There are 40,000-70,000 bees in an average hive
– A bee can fly about 8.5 miles
– Honey bees are reluctant to sting – once they lose their stinger they’ll die.
– Bees see all color humans do except red and they can also see ultraviolet.
– Bees can detect events separated by 1/300 of a second, about six times faster than human perception
– Worker bees live about 8 weeks during the summer before hiding away for the fall. The queen bee can live 2-8 years
– There are no drones in the hive during the winter: the worker bees push them out in the fall
– All worker bees are female
– Honey comb cells contain Nectar (or honey), pollen, or brood (eggs, larvae, or pupae)
– The queen bee must eat about 80 times her own weight every day to produce 2,000 eggs.
– To produce 1 pound of honey requires somewhere around 25,000 trips between the hive and the flowers
– A pound of honey contains the essence of about 2 million flowers
– Without the services provided by honey bees, many of our foods from flowering plants (Like apples, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, pumpkins) would not be available – There are more than 20,000 species of bee, and they are found on every continent.
– A honey bee flies about 15 miles per hour
– The hive box in which honey is stored is called the “super”
THIS is a pretty big deal.
A world without honeybees would also mean a world without fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Read more: http:// www.businessinsider.com/the-world-without-honeybees-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2f6f03YQy
The bad news is, Colony Collapse Disorder (which threatens both bees and humans), is a problem nowhere near solved http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/ colonies-collapsing-many-factors-linked-to-dramatic-disappearance-of- honeybees-20130901
Links to Bee Organizations and Clubs
- American Beekeeping Federation
- Bees for Development
- Georgia Beekeepers Association
- Cherokee Beekeepers’ Club
- Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association
- Forsyth County Beekeepers Club
Why Are Bees So Important?
Bees pollinate 1/3 of the world’s food. Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value, particularly for specialty crops such as almonds and other nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables. About one mouthful in three in the diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination.
While there are native pollinators (honey bees came from the Old World with European colonists), honey bees are more prolific and the easiest to manage for the large scale pollination that U.S. agriculture requires.
In California, the almond crop alone uses 1.3 million colonies of bees, approximately one half of all honey bees in the United States, and this need is projected to grow to 1.5 million colonies by 2010.
Nectar itself is composed mainly of sucrose and water. Bees add enzymes that create additional chemical compounds, inverting the sucrose into fructose and glucose, and then evaporate the water so that the resulting product will resist spoiling.
Hence, honey is a source of carbohydrates, containing:
The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. I learned that “conductivity” is an indirect way of measuring the mineral content of a honey. Manuka honey has a higher than normal conductivity — about 4 times that of normal flower honeys. The higher the conductivity, the better the value of the honey.
This natural sweetener has antioxidants, is fat free, cholesterol free, and sodium free!