One lovely fall day in September, my sister Danielle, friend Carolyn and I headed out to meet with a friend and learn about bee-keeping. It amazes me how much more you learn when you're doing activities hands-on! These pictures don't do the hives justice (plus they don't capture the constant bzzzz sound!). These tiny little creatures are pretty amazing..I love seeing creation and all its intricate details. Here's some fun facts I learned while beekeeping..
Bees create the hexagons because they're most space efficient.. how smart is that?
There are approximately 20,000 bee's in the hives we worked with..and there was three! That's a lot of bees.
Danielle wasn't too sure about the bee's buzzing around her.. :)
The worker bee's are smaller, while the drone bees are a bit fatter (there's a drone in this picture).
That gal is an emerging larvae, they're only in there for about 6 days.
A drone bee, he can't bite.
Beekeepers can use many different types of frames in a hive: plastic, wooden, or metal.
This frame had a good bit of honey, but we left it for them for winter.
Robyn, our expert beekeeper friend. :)
The queen bee is larger than all the others, this gal has a pink dot on her to identify her faster.
The smoker is used to calm the bees so they're less likely to sting. When the bees sense the smoke, their natural reaction is to think it's a forest fire, so they go into the hive and start eating honey in case they would be forced to fly away and build a new hive.
We also put smaller openings on the entrances to the hives.. that way only the bees could get in (no pesky mice!).
We put a tray of sugar syrup on top of the hives, that way the bees can access it to keep eating over the colder winter months.
Mhmmm.. sugar water.
A worker bee taking a sip of some sugar syrup.
Happy bee hives!
We had a fantastic time learning about bees..can't wait to do it again in the spring! :) Thanks again Robyn!