Bees & Honey

 

Name: Honeybee,  Apis mellifera

Life cycle of a honeybee:

    ⁃    day   1  Egg
    ⁃    day   4  Larva hatches
    ⁃    day 13  larva bats itself
    ⁃    day 17  Doll matures to the insect
    ⁃    day 21  Bee hatches


And immediately the work for our bee begins
    ⁃    day   1  it cleans the cells and warms the brood
    ⁃    day   4   feeds young larvae
    ⁃    day   8  feeds old larvae
    ⁃    day 12  takes off nectar of the collecting bees and builds honeycombs
    ⁃    day 15  explores the surroundings and brushes the cane
    ⁃    day 19  becomes a guardian bee
    ⁃    day 21  to 30 collects pollen and nectar
    ⁃    day 40  after 40 days of life and many tasks in the cane, the bee dies

 

Starting late summer, winter bees are born. They can get 6 months old. Approximately 10.000 winter bees hang in a cluster around the queen in the beehive and warm them. In that way queen and bees survive the winter. There are about 20.000 bee species, of which only a small proportion (about 5%) live in states. All the rest are loners like German wild bees. Up to 60.000 individuals live in one hive. Bees strike an average of 190 times per second with the wings. That is 11.400 times a minute and more than 680.000 times an hour. A bee colony collects nectar and spreads flower pollen, depending on available plants, in an area of up to 50 square kilometers. For the production of a glass of honey (250 gr.), Obtained from nectar of flowers, a single bee would have to fly three times around the earth.


When bees collect nectar from the flowers, they also carry flower pollen from one flower to another, thereby they pollinating the plants. Thus, in about 80 percent of all useful and wild plants, the necessary pollination is ensured for the formation of fruits and thus the multiplication. The production of our food is about one third dependent on pollination by insects. And bees are a big part of it. Herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, which are applied in the collection area of the bees, can damage bees and restrict their orientation. In the USA, thousands of bee colonies disappeared without any trace in 2008. Researchers believe that the combination of monocultures and the use of chemical substances in agriculture are responsible for this.

 

 

Bees & Honey
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Storage of honey
History
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