Honey bees are truly amazing creatures. They are called the most useful insect in the world. One third of all the food that we eat is pollinated by honey bees.
Bees gather pollen. They may visit as many as 50 to 100 flowers each trip. In the process, they pollinate the flowers and help them to make more fruits and vegetables, like apples, oranges, almonds, and tomatoes.
They also take nectar from flowers to feed their young. Bees make honey from nectar. It takes 5,000 flower visits for bees to make one teaspoon of honey.
Here is what the inside of our beehive looks like...
Bee keepers raise bees to harvest honey and to pollinate crops. During the summer, beekeepers take the extra honey that the bees make from the hive. They cut off the waxy top from the honeycomb and drain the honey into jars. When we harvest our honey, we'll tell you all about it!
Each beehive colony can have as many as 60,000 bees during the summer. The colony needs as many bees as possible to gather honey for winter. They must have at least 70 pounds of honey stored in their hive for the winter months. Beekeepers must be careful not to take too much honey during harvest so that the bees will have plenty to eat when it is cold.
We found some fun activities to help you learn more about bees and honey. Just click on one of these links:
- Bee Activity Book
- Bee Nutty, Bee Cool, Bee Fit (learn how healthy honey is to eat!)
- Honey Bee Life Cycle
If you would like to read more about our amazing honey bees, check out this book from your library: The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci.