Bee Species

Little Bee vs. Stingless Bee

There prevails a basic misunderstanding of Little Bee Honey and Stingless Bee Honey. Little Bee Honey is being sold as Stingless Bee honey and vice versa or the names are being used interchangeably. If you are among those who don’t know the difference, there is no shame in that. We all start off not knowing. 🙂 The only two similarities between Little Bee and Stingless Bee are- 1. They are both honey bees. 2. Their honey is preferred by ayurvedic practitioners and is considered medicinal honey. The Little Bee is… Read More »Little Bee vs. Stingless Bee

A BEE COLLECTS POLLEN? HOW? WHY?

FIRSTLY, WHY DO BEES COLLECT POLLEN? Pollen from flowers is precious package made of protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals for the larva. Without pollen, the larva would die. The workers bees are responsible to collect pollen to take back to the hive. HOW DO BEES COLLECT POLLEN? The worker bee has spiky hair on her hind legs that are called pollen baskets or corbiculae. When she alights on the anther of a flower, the pollen gets attached to the hair in her eyes and body, she uses her fore… Read More »A BEE COLLECTS POLLEN? HOW? WHY?

HOW DOES A BEE MAKE HONEY?

THE WONDOROUS WORKER BEES The bee that actually makes honey is the worker bee. She collects two different kinds of food- nectar and pollen. She either collects nectar or she collects pollen on separate trips. Worker bees travel anywhere between 1 to 6 kilometer radius to forage for nectar and pollen. HOW MUCH HONEY DOES A WORKER BEE COLLECT DURING HER LIFETIME A worker bee will collect less than a gram of honey in her lifetime depending on how close the access to nectar is. Typically it would be 1/12… Read More »HOW DOES A BEE MAKE HONEY?

THE QUEENDOM OF HONEY BEES

WHAT DOES THE QUEEN BEE DO? THE QUEEN; THE PROCREATOR: There’s the queen bee, the only one for the entire hive of anywhere between 10,000 to 60,000 bees. She is the largest bee in the hive and lives the longest (2 to 3 years) and is known on occasion to live for 6 years. She lays eggs constantly and is responsible for the birth of new generations of bees to ensure a robust thriving colony. She controls the behaviour of the bees in her hive by releasing pheromones. THE QUEEN… Read More »THE QUEENDOM OF HONEY BEES