Our daughter, Becky, helping Joel in the bee yard.

Our daughter, Becky, helping Joel in the bee yard.

What's The Buzz!!!!!!!!!!

1. Bee Facts:

 "What's The Buzz"  will offer some fascinating statistics.  Here we will periodically include some "bee" facts, for example:

              "The peak population of a colony of honey bees is usually at mid-summer (after spring build-up) and result in 60,000 to 80,000 bees per colony (hive). A good prolific queen can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day."  (taken from American Beekeeping Federation website   https://www.abfnet.org)

2. Bees in the news:

The health of the nations bee population is often a topic of discussion in the media. There is a tremendous effort to make the public aware of the potential effect that lose of honey bees would have on the nations, on the worlds food supply!  We refer to nationally recognized sources, such as beekeeping organizations for our insight on current issues. We will, from time to time, list these references so that our readers may stay up to date on worthy, reliable information pertaining to our bee populations and honey production in the US. University researchers, as well as nationally recognized beekeeping organizations go to great lengths to gather data nation wide from beekeepers to assemble meaningful statistics. These numbers and helpful techniques of bee management and honey production are made available to fellow beekeepers, to aid in the strength of our honey bees populations for our future. We are often asked about the welfare of honey bees in the United States, by our friends and customers. We felt this might be an approach to offer a source for news worthy reliable information to those interested parties.

3. Bee Facts:

        "Honeybees will fly up to 5 miles to collect pollen & nectar. An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day. A hardworking forager may live just 3 weeks." (taken from MichiganBees.org)

4. Bee Facts:  

       "Honeybees use the most complex symbolic language of any animal on earth, outside of the primate family. Karl von Frisch received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1973 for cracking the language code of honey bees - the waggle dance. (taken from MichiganBees.org)

5. Bee Facts:

        "Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly derived from honey bee pollination. Some crops pollinated are cucumbers, almonds, carrot seed, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, seed alfalfa, cantaloupe, seed onions, avocados, kiwi, bluweberries, cranberries, etc. (taken from abfnet.org)

6. Honey Fact:

        Store honey at room temperature out of sunlight.  If honey crystallizes, loosen lid and place jar in warm water until crystals dissolve.  Repeat as necessary. Do not microwave honey because the valuable properties of honey will be destroyed and honey can scorch. (taken from Michigan Bees.org)

7. Beekeeper Fact:

        Beekeepers mark the queens for easy identification as well as to determine if a new queen has been reared in the hive due to a failing queen. It is true that beekeepers use a universally determined color to mark, the 2017 color is yellow.