Did you know that...

  • ...about 90 U.S. crops depend on bees for pollination?
  • ...many hives are trucked from region to region for pollination purposes?
  • ...honeybee health is threatened by, among other things, mites?

Monday, April 28, 2008

It's a Bee!

Bee Birth 1 - chewing her way out
Originally uploaded by Max xx
Once the new bee is fully developed in the capped cell, she chews her way out into the world.

Now, since the worker bees lifespan is only five to six weeks from the day she emerges from this cell, she gets busy right away.

When you figure that a vibrant queen bee lays 1500 eggs in a day, you can see how the population in the hive increases rapidly as spring sets in.

At peak summer season, each hive will be home to anywhere from 50 to 80 thousand bees.

Signing off,

Bees Keeper

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