“ADVICE FROM A HONEY BEE” by Ilan Shamir and facts about bee-utiful bees




  • Create a buzz

  • Sip life’s sweet moments

  • Mind your own beeswax

  • Work together

  • Always find your way home

  • Stick close to your honey

  • Bee yourself

    by Ilan Shamir

    Advice Series (c) Ilan Shamir.

    Used by Permission.  yourtruenature.com


Facts about bees:

  • If we journey back 4000 years to ancient Egypt,
    hieroglyphics show the story of the bee’s life.
    So primitive man had discovered the delight of
    honey by then — for centuries it was the only
    sweetener available.
  • It has been said that except for man,
    nowhere in the world is there anything to
    compare with the incredible efficiency of the
    industry of the honeybee. Inside the beehive
    each bee has a special job to do and the
    whole process runs smoothly
  • Much of the nectar collected
    by bees is stored in their stomach,
    but special pollen “baskets” are also
    on the legs. Bees can carry nearly
    their own weight in pollen or nectar.
  • Bees need two different kinds of food. One
    is honey made from nectar, the sugary juice
    that collects in the heart of the flowers. The
    other comes from the anthers of flowers,
    which contain numerous small grains called
    pollen. Just as flowers have different colors,
    so do their pollen.
  • When her nectar “sacs” are full, the honey-
    bee returns to the hive. Nectar is delivered to
    one of the indoor bees and is then passed
    mouth-to-mouth from bee to bee until its
    moisture content is reduced from about 70%
    to 20%. This changes the nectar into honey.
  • The honey is placed in storage cells
    and capped with beeswax in readiness for
    the arrival of newborn baby bees.
  • Special “bee bread” — is a
    mixture of pollen and nectar —

    is fed to larvae by worker bees.

  • A baby bee needs food rich in protein if the bee community is to flourish.When a bee larvae hatches, they are immediately fed royal jelly by nurse bees.
  • Before returning to the flower again for
    more pollen, the bee combs, cleans and cares
    for herself – not because she is vain but so
    she can work more efficiently.
  •  Forager bees start out from the hive for
    blossom patches when three weeks old. As
    they live to be only six or seven weeks old
    they have much work to do and little time in
    which to do it.
  • It takes 300 bees about three weeks
    to gather 450 g of honey. On average, a hive
    contains 40,000 bees.
  • Bees cannot talk. Their language is one
    of vibration. To indicate distance, the
    scout bee uses an audible code of

    buzzes, on a 200 cycle per second note with a pulse rate of 35 to the second.The length of time on a wagtail run and the number of pulses of sound in each buzz indicate distance.

  • If a bee lands on you, you may shake it off
    if you are quick enough. Bees only sting if
    approached or harmed. If you receive a sting,
    remove it by gently scraping it out with a
    fingernail. Never squeeze a bee stinger – it
    forces poison down the hollow tube into your
  • The value of the honeybee to man does not
    end with the making of honey. She has far,
    far more to give than providing an important
    food.Honeybees mean an abundance of fruit in
    orchards and vegetables in market gardens.
    When the forager bee gathers nectar her
    body becomes dusted with pollen and, as
    she moves from flower to flower, the pollen
    passes from male flower to female flower and
    cross-pollination takes place.
  • Man, with his pesticides, has harmed the
    honeybee greatly, at times killing thousands
    of bees through spraying indiscriminately.
  • Without the bee, the blossoms may not bear
    fruit and without the floral sources there
    could be no honey – it’s a perfect partnership.

Reference: http://www.honeybee.org.au/pdf/wonderfull01.pdf




2 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    Very interesting!


  2. Yes, bees are fascinating little creatures, aren’t they? 🙂


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