Beehive Essentials: Water for Bees

When most people think about bees, they don’t imagine them drinking water. In fact, “Do Honeybees drink water?” is a question asked by many new beekeepers and it can be a source of confusion. Honeybees do drink water, and they require a reliable supply of water throughout the year like any other animal. They can become dehydrated if they don’t have access to water close by.

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A Brief Guide to Bumblebees

Bumblebee nest

Due to the loss of their habitat, the damage caused by monocrop agriculture and the effects of pesticides, bumblebees have garnered a lot of media attention in recent years. We have seen a marked decline in the number of bees across the US and in other areas of the world and this could affect our entire economy. How? Well aside from producing honey, bumblebees are important pollinators to make our plant life propagate and grow.

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How Much Honey Does a Hive Produce?

Honey Color

Beekeeping is an incredibly rewarding hobby, and the ultimate reward is nutritious, delicious honey!

Bees make honey as a food source to get them through the cooler seasons. (They don’t actually make it for us!)

Unlike bumblebees and wasps, honeybees spend winter as a colony, hunkering down together in the hive to keep warm. Their food (honey) to see them through the cold weather is made in summer and stored within the hive.

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Do Butterflies Hibernate or Migrate

When winter arrives and the conditions get chilly and bleak, different species devise their unique ways of survival. For instance, it’s rare to spot a butterfly roaming outside if you live in a region that gets hit hard by extreme weather during the colder months. The question is, where do they go? More specifically, do they hibernate or migrate? In reality, the place a butterfly spends its winter season depends on its species.

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Why Do Bees Make Honey?

Bees honey

Honey: It’s like the nectar of the gods. It tastes sublime and it’s very, very good for us. But did you know that, as much as humans (and bears!) love honey, bees work tirelessly to make it not for us, but for themselves?

A honeybee’s life is literally dedicated to helping support its colony, and every single bee has its own role to play to ensure the colony thrives. The production and storage of honey are among these specific roles.

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Bumblebee vs Honeybee: Understanding the Differences Between the Two Most Common Bees

Honeybee vs Bumblebee

Ever wondered about the bumblebee vs. honeybee argument? There are almost 20,000 species of bee that differ in their behaviors, pollination habits, habitat, and physical characteristics. Due to a loss of habitat, pesticides, and mono-crop farming, the numbers of bees across the US are in sharp decline. However, the bumblebee and honeybee remain two of the most common species. So, here we will look at these two types of bee, so you can appreciate the differences and similarities.

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What are the Different Types of Beehives

Warre Hive

If you’re interested in beekeeping, it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed by the different choices of equipment, clothing and tools. However, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make is your choice of beehive. Once you start to investigate beekeeping, you may be surprised at the different types of beehives. So, here we’ll explore the different kinds of beehives to help you decide which one is best for you.

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What are the Best Mason Bee Houses for the Garden

mason bee garden house

Mason bee houses are an ideal way to attract pollinators to your garden. Bee boxes for mason bees (also called orchard mason bees) contain several tubes or tunnels where the busy flying insects lay eggs, hatch, spin cocoons, and transform into adult bees. The best mason bee houses include various cylindrical tubes to attract these metallic blue or green-winged insects.

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