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Copy of Honey Bees
Transcript of Copy of Honey Bees
Honeybee Caste System
Honeybees live in colonies with a single queen, worker bees, and drones.
Threats to Beekeping
Varoa and Tracheal mites are the biggest threat to colonies. The have devastated over 40% of colonies all over the US.
Honey bee Video
Watch this short video on the importance of honey bees!
Agriculture in America depends heavily on honeybees for pollinating crops. Bees are responsible for 80% of insect pollination and without them we would see a huge decline in fruit and vegetable production.
All worker bees are female. Their job is to find food, defend the colony, build the hive, and care for the baby bees.
Drones are all males and their only job is to mate with the queen. They die as soon as this job is done.
Honey is used as food by bees all year long. It is made from the nectar of flowers. Beeswax is secreted from glands on the bees and is used to build the honeycombs.
Royal Jelly is the special substance that is fed to a queen bee. It is highly nutritious and some people believe it promotes fertility in humans.
Diseases like Foul Brood Nosema need to be treated and watched out for by beekeepers.
Urbanization has reduced the area that bees can forage in. Keeping lush wooded areas available is a key to maintaining colonies.