Sunday, 20 July 2014

QUEEN bee and her bees in the hive - the beekeeper





QUEEN bee and her bees in the hive - the beekeeper inspects to swarm control. Http://www.mahakobees.com/blog for much more info, products, and discussions.



The beekeeper should visit the hive frequently. In Australia and other warm climates, more so. The weather sunny and temperate all your round and the honey bees have plenty of pollen to gather for colony expansion and always growing their beautiful organically healthy raw honey stores. Once fresh #honey is capped, it will remain fresh for many decades, never spoiling. 



This video however shows the #QUEEN, her circle of worker bees, also referred to as her carers. These worker bees constantly circle the queen bee, provide her with food and water, and nutrition. They provide guidance and protection, and keep a close eye on her to ensure she is doing a good job at laying eggs and that she is fit for purpose. The bees do two things. They aim to expand by swarming, and collect food stores in the form of raw honey and pollen that provides them with all the nutrition they need to maintain a healthy life. If the weather is mild, the queen will continue laying eggs throughout the winter and therefore it is important to inspect the hive frequently to check on the colony size, food stores, and the available space. Once space is insufficient, the bees begin to make plans for swarming.



Swarm control is important to a bee keeper, because once the hive splits, beekeepers lose half their honey producing stock. This greatly reduces their capacity to produce honey, new bees, and other products such as raw pollen, beeswax, propolis and possibly royal jelly. If your local beekeeper does not maintain the hives appropriately, you may find yourself with swarming bees in your backyard. This may require you call in swarm removal services, which may or may not be free in your area. Although #swarming bees are generally at their most docile and non aggressive state, you may need to take extra precaution if you or any of your loved ones are allergic to bees, or more specifically, express an allergic reaction to a bee sting. The bee stinger releases bee venom, which may cause pain and swelling under normal circumstances, however to those unfortunate enough to be allergic to the bee stinger, you may display anaphylaxis symptoms as a result of the allergy. This is a serious situation for anyone with this condition as swelling is extremely fast and may cause difficulty in breathing and even death if left untreated quickly. This rapid allergic reaction is referred to as anaphylactic shock. Use of an EpiPen which induces epinephrine in the form of a self injecting pen can slow the allergic reaction and save lives. We will cover this topic in more detail in our future videos, especially in relation to young children.



Back to this video about our beautifully colored golden Italian Queen bee. The queen is the only one that can sting repeatedly without dying. However, the use of the queen bee #stinger on beekeepers is very rare. The queen #bee has a life span of many years, typically 4-5, depending on which book you read and off course on the climatic conditions your #hives and bee colonies live in. The queen bee is much larger than the other worker bees and has only one role in the beehive. Emerge as the one and only queen bee in the colony, undertake a mating flight during which she will mate with numerous drones which incidentally pass away after the act, and upon a successful fertilization and return to the hive, she then remains inside for many years laying between one and three thousand eggs each day.



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