A Honey of a Bee!!

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Location: At fortWhyteAlive our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Note : This beehive is indoors and is protected by glass.

Make: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi …Lens Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro…F stop: F/3.5 Exposure: 1/60 sec. Focal length: 150.0 mm Flash: flash fired, compulsory flash mode (9) Dimensions: 2400×1552 Shutter speed (Tv): 5.9

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A Honey of a Bee!….

In a beehive here are the cast of characters:

….Workers…These infertile female bees make up 98% of the bees in a hive. The workers do it all – produce honey, clean the hive, take care of the brood and maintain the hive temperature.

….Drones…The sole purpose for these male bees is to fertilize the Queen. They are fed and groomed by the worker bees.

…Queen…A single fertile Queen bee rules the hive. She is twice the size of the worker bees. Her sole purpose is reproduction and can lay up to 2000 eggs in one day!

Show me the Honey!

Our sweet treat is their food! Honeybees make honey as a way of storing food. They collect the nectar – a sugary liquid from the flowers. Once swallowed, it goes into a stomach-like “honey sac”. Here the nectar gets thicker and is regurgitated into a comb as honey. The honey is stored and used as food throughout the winter, or whenever nectar is scarce. Here at FortWhtye the honeybees don’t have much room for storing honey. During low-nectar seasons (fall, winter and spring) we supplement their diet with sugar syrup found on the top of the hive. The bees drink this replacement nectar and make “mock-honey”!

Did you know?… Bees are part of the Insect family characterized by a hard exoskeleton (shell), 2 antannae, 2-4 wings, 3 body segments and 6 legs.

Did you know?… That honeybees must visit 70, 000 to 90,000 flowers to collect enough nectar to make a thimble of honey!

Did you know? …Larvae..These are juvenile bees before undergoing metamorphosis. Look for white worms inside combs

Did you know?…That honeybees are are non-native to North America, but have been introduced to pollinate crops and produce honey.

Did you know?…That bees are in Danger..Bee populations, both domestic and wild species, are on the decline throughout North America…

….Habitat loss…Urbanization and loss of native plants habitats have left bees without food and cover.

….Poisons Insecticides used to kill pests may also harm bees.

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