Blume bee secret #19
Honey bees suck up nectar from flowers using their long, tubular tongue called a proboscis and and store it in a honey sac. Worker bees will collect the nectar from the honey sac when the foraging bees return to the home hive, adding enzymes and storing it in the honeycomb. All in a day's work!
Photo by @thepolishbeekeeper
Blume bee secret #8
For beekeepers, this season of flowering is a time to inspect their hives and even inject new life into them. Since honeybees are threatened by pesticides and habitat loss, if a beekeeper finds that half of his or her bees have died, they can split the hive in two and buy a new queen to propagate them. That's how beekeepers can grow bees back. So, if you see bees in your backyard, you likely have a good beekeeper to thank!
blume Bee Secret #5
This Springtime-only show of bees hanging together leg-to-leg between the frames of comb is called “festooning”. While some scientists and beekeepers believe that this high-wire act is a way for bees to maintain a proper body temperature (95 degrees) to best work with the wax for comb-building, others conclude that more studies are needed. I think we can all agree that bees never cease to amaze us!
blume Bee Secret #16
Ciao Bee! The most common type of honeybee in the US is the Italian honeybee. They became popular because they were very good producers and resistant to most bee diseases.
blume bee secret #25
In Winter bees stay cozy in their hives with their fur coats. Then they hold each other tight and consume a lot of honey! How much they eat depends on the climate and the length of the winter, but the amount can range from 40-90 lbs. We like that too, hugs and honey all winter long! photo by @beeloveglobal
blume bee secret #18
Bees still need fresh water in wintertime, so one way we can all help them stay healthy is to place a bowl of water outside daily and make sure it doesn't freeze. We must also be thoughtful about the kind of bowl used since bees are not able to swim. They need a sloping textured side for easy gripping or a stone in the middle so they can drink comfortably. #beekindgarden
blume bee secret #24
One way bees prepare for the winter is by gathering a winter reserve of honey. Honeybees head to the hive when temperatures drop into the 50s. As the weather becomes cool, the honeybees gather in a central area of the hive and form a "winter cluster."
blume bee secret #7
The type and age of the flower from which the bees collect nectar and other variables affect the exact composition of the honey as well as its colors and aromas, creating the delicious varietals of artisanal honeys that experienced beekeepers harvest.
blume bee secret #32
Its true! Bees have hairy eyeballs. "Why?" you may ask. The hair grows in the intersections of the compound lenses of the eye and are believed to serve as a kind of navigation system allowing the bee to triangulate its position relative to the sun and find its way home. Proof again, that Mother Nature has a very good imagination!
blume bee secret #15
Bees pollinate over half of the food we eat. Without them our food supplies would diminish so quickly that humans could not survive on the planet for more than 4-5 years.
blume Bee Secret #21
Wing It. Worker bees use their wings to fan the nectar inside their hive to reach a moisture content of 18% –– a process that ripens the nectar into honey.
Blume Bee Secret #29
The legendary beauty of Cleopatra is so renowned that her natural beauty rituals are sought after by women who want to look just as attractive and desirable as she was. Honey was integral to her beauty routine. She used royal jelly on her skin for a youthful glow, beeswax to moisten her lips and honey to wash with.
Blume Bee Secret #9
Bees date back to the dinosaur days and haven’t changed much since. With a track record like that, it’s important for us to care for and take cues these little survivalists.