The Honeybee                                                                      

Consider that every third bite of food is the result of pollination by bees.

Honey bees have provided us with honey and beeswax and other hive products.

Commercial uses have produced a large beekeeping industry, but many species still occur in the wild.

Honeybee on pink flower

All honey bees are social and cooperative insects and inside the hive's inhabitants are divided into three types.

Worker bees are the only bees that most people ever see. These bees are all females that are not sexually developed.

Worker bees forage for food, build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, feed and care for the Queen, feed the baby honeybees and perform many other functions in the cycle of its short life.

Drones are the male bee, its only purpose is to leave the hive to mate with the queens.

The queen's job is — laying the eggs that will develope the hive's next generation of bees. There is usually only a single queen in a hive, but there have been more than one per hive but not often.

If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the worker females a special diet of a food called "royal jelly."

This elixir enables the worker to develop into a fertile queen.

Queens also regulate the hive's activities by producing chemicals that guide the behavior of the other bees.

Male bees are called drones.

Several hundred drones live in each hive during the spring and summer, they leave the hive to mate with the queens then they are expelled for the winter months when the food is limited and the drones have not any purpose in the hive after the hot summer months and is not needed.

Honey Bee on white flower

Bees live on all stored honey and pollen collected all summer for the winter, and cluster into a ball and shiver to conserve warmth.

Larvae are fed from the stores during this season and, by spring if the hive survives, it is swarming with a new generation of bees in the spring.

Best Honey - Unfortunately, most people like to buy crystal clear, clean looking honey because they do not know about the benefits of raw honey.

Most of the time, raw honey is not readily available on most supermarket shelves.

Raw, unfiltered honey normally crystallizes to a very thick consistency just after a couple of months.

Honeybee on purple flower

What Do Bees Eat?

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Honeybee Habitat


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Natural Body Care

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Take care of your body with the healthy and healing benefits of honey products from our honeybees.

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Health Benefits of Honey - The benefits of using honey certainly go beyond its wonderful flavor. Honey is a healthy source of carbohydrates and they give your body strength and energy.

Honey Nutrition - Honey is definitely more than just a simple sugar because it's rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Honey bee Life Cycle - Honey bee life cycle has four main distinct stages or phases, egg, larva, pupa and finally an adult. Honey bee colonies are generally perennial with the exceptions of bumble bee and paper wasp colonies.

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