The A, B, C’s of Bees: Guard Bees

Worker bees live for about 6 weeks (that’s only 42 days) during the summer.  As they mature, they progress through different hive jobs. Between the ages of 12 and 23 days, a small proportion of worker bees will be on … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Flow Hive

The bee world has been all abuzz lately about a new type of hive.  One that promises a seemingly impossible idea:  honey on tap. Is it all hype or is it going to change the way we harvest honey? … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Eyes

Bee eyes are kind of wonky. Like most insects, they have a set of compound eyes.  But they also have 3 simple eyes.  Why all the eyes?  Let’s look into it… … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Drones

In the matriarchal bee society, there are few males.  Each hive only maintains a few hundred drones, or male bees, in contrast to the tens of thousands of female bees in the hive. And they aren’t expected to do much. … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder

Honeybees are important. Really vitally important.  Our world could not exist without these tiny creatures.  They pollinate about 80% of the flowering plants in the US; 1/3 of which are food that we eat.  In addition, they pollinate the crops … Continue reading