Lee Rosen – Honey Bees
The bee is not only an environmental bellwether but, critically, it sustains the world’s food production through its key role as a pollinator. Yet almost everywhere the honey bee, bumble bee and solitary wild bee exist, there has been disturbing and growing evidence that these vital species are endangered.
Lee Rosen of Healthy Bees LLC – Honey bees collect pollen and nectar as food for the entire colony, and as they do, they pollinate plants. Nectar stored within their stomachs is passed from one worker to the next until the water within it diminishes. At this point, the nectar becomes honey, which workers store in the cells of the honeycomb.
SOME Fun facts about bees.
- Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
- 80%of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
- Bees have to fly over 55,000 milesto make 1 pound of honey.
- Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowersduring one nectar collection trip
- A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day,twice her own body weight per day.
Although all bees are important, the honey bee occupies a special place in the hearts and lives of mankind. But in our complex world beset with ever-changing problems, beekeeping has become difficult. Bees did not evolve in the modern world, so we must offer them a “leg up” when things get tough. Beekeepers can ground themselves by learning basic bee biology, understanding nectar flows, and becoming aware of the many environmental conditions that affect our bees. The most valuable questions a new beekeeper can ask are “Why should I do that?” “How should I do that?” and “When?”
lee Rosen – Bees are the wispy sprites that connect the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom; they are the ties that bind the natural world together. Because of bees, flowering plants grace our planet with beauty and food. Our honey bees are just one of 20,000 bee species that do this demanding work. Join me on a quest to learn more about these enchanting creatures.