BEEKEEPING — 2 Comments

  1. FUN FACTS: from

    How fast can bees fly?
    Bees can fly between six and nine miles per hour.

    How far do bees fly in a life time?
    Worker bees may fly up to 500 miles during their foraging existence which may last on average between 5 and 30 days.

    What is the radius bees will fly from their home site in order to forage?
    Bees will only fly as far as they need to, but may fly as far as 3 miles from home.

    What percentage of foraging bees collect nectar?
    Around 50 to 80 percent.

    How many trips will a single bee make a day to forage for nectar?
    As many as 30 trips for a single bee have been recorded.

    How much nectar can a bee collect during a single trip?
    A full load of nectar may weigh about 85% of the body weight of a bee.

    What percentage of foraging bees collect pollen?
    Around 15 to 30 percent

    How many trips will a single bee make a day to forage pollen?
    As many as 50 trips for a single bee have been recorded

    How much pollen can a bee collect during a single trip?
    Rarely more than 15 mg.

  2. As one person commented mentioned Dr. Seeley has many wonderful insights into beekeeping. Joining a local garden club is probably the best investment one can make. Our NOPBA library has many of his books.

    Honeybee Democracy Author: Thomas D. Seeley
    examines how bees make decisions on where to found a new hive

    For myself, I learned beekeeping from Harry and Ormand Aebi back in Santa Cruz.

    The Art and Adventure of Beekeeping Authors: Ormond & Harry Aebi

    Perhaps somewhat outated but the Aebi’s share their lifetime of experience to offer amazing insight into the inner life of the hive, the language of the bees, gathering and gentling wild swarms, as well as methods of preparing and maintaining healthy hives.

    Classics and great help books also include:

    The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 2011 Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile

    The Hive and the Honey Bee Revisited
    An Annotated Update of Langstroth’s Classic

    Keeping Bees with a Smile Author: Fedor Lazutin
    A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture

    One of Europe’s most successful natural beekeepers …he provides instruction in making bee-friendly, well-insulated horizontal hives.

    There are also many books on the historical nature of beekeeping. One of the best is:
    Bees in America
    How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation Author: Tammy Horn

    Bees in America is an enlightened cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. A fascinating history from the colonial period, to the present,

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