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Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


Queen Bee

Written by Stephanie on October 20th, 2018.      0 comments

The Queen

The queen is fascinating!  As a growing larvae she is feed exclusively royal jelly.  Royal jelly, with it's special proteins, is responsible for giving the queen bee a long, long life plus an elegant and large body, which make her very fertile.

As a new queen her first job will be to fight and kill any other queens in the hive.  There could be an old, weak queen or one or two new queens hatched around the same time.  The worker bees create queen cells when the pheromone of their existing queen is getting low, therefore at the end of her life.  

The young queen will then take her virgin flight, mating with an average of 7-17 drone bees in mid air, she may take about 1-3 flights.  She will have enough sperm (about 5-6 million) stored in her sperm pouch to fertilise all the eggs she will spend the rest of her life laying.  She will not leave the hive again, unless she swarms, and will lay about 1500 eggs per day over her four to five year life.

The queen will determine how many worker and drone bees the hive needs. She will lay unfertilised eggs for drone bees and fertilised eggs for worker and queen bees.

Here's a photo of one of our queen bees, see how long her abdomen is compared to the worker bees?
 
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Types of Bees (from Britannica
Types of bees from www.britannica.com
Topics: Bee Facts Bee Friendly Facts
 

Bee Aware Month!

Written by Stephanie on September 1st, 2018.      0 comments

Wow can you believe it's September and 'Bee Aware Month' already!  Time to celebrate our New Zealand bees!  This year's focus is on bee health and how we can all help protect our NZ bee population.  The most important things we can all do are to provide food and water for them and to be very careful when spraying on our properties.  Here's some great tips to look after our bees this season:
 

Feed the Bees

Bees forage on flowers to collect nectar (a source of carbohydrates) and pollen ( a source of protein) to help them grow and provide them with energy for their busy work.  A well-nourished bee is more capable of fighting disease and parasites.

The easiest thing we can do to help the bees is to provide bee-friendly flowers in our gardens, no matter where we live.  Follow this link to get some ideas of what flowers to grow in your garden.

 

Providing Water for Bees


Just like us bees need water to survive.  Providing them witBee getting a drink-772h a source of fresh water, especially in summer when puddles are scarce, will be a huge benefit to them.  There are a few tricks to providing them water, it needs to be shallow and have something for them to sit on so they don't fall in.  Have a look at these great ideas!
 

Spray Safe and Consider the Bees

One of the biggest treats to bees is the use of insecticides in home gardens, farms, orchards and market gardens.  They are designed to kill good and bad insects, including bees so please avoid them if at all possible.  If you really need to use them please read these great tips first - 
We've got lots more information on sprays if you follow this link.



 
Topics: , Bee Friendly Facts
 
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