Keeping bees

Today Ohiophotgrl and I are at Possum Creek Farm enjoying a talk on bee keeping!

Mike (the bee keeper) is a multi generational bee keeper. He is a fourth generation beekeeper.

What a great talk……

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 species of Wild bees! Thats a lot of bees!

Bees pollinate a third of what we use everyday….even Gas!

Bees live about 60 days. The Queen will live 3-5 years.

Avg bees in a hive is 50,000 mostly lady bees inside and only about 800 male. The drones are the boys. One queen bee in each hive. The queen leaves the hive one time and that is to mate.

Hive tempature is approximately 70 degrees inside. The worker bees do this!

Don’t swat at bees. They just want to work and collect there pollen and water and go back home. You are not pollen. Just walk way from them.

The parks offer lots and lots of great kid/big kid friendly programs!

We are now a lot more knowledgeable about bees :0)

Wonder what we’re gonna do next?


2 thoughts on “Keeping bees

  1. I love bees! We used to slide them off rose bushes onto our hands when we were kids – and I was only stung once!

    Two summers ago, we had a swarm of bees leave a large tree in our back yard and attach themselves to a branch of a smaller tree. They hung there in a huge clump. We called a beekeeper to come get them, and he said there were at least 50,000 bees (must have been the entire hive). When he was collecting them, they were docile at first, but they got pretty riled up and a few of them found me on our porch and got in my hair – and they were mad! I was screaming like a little girl. Rich finally got them out of my hair. 🙂 I still love bees.

    Glad you had a nice visit. Hope you have fun tomorrow!

    • Was a great talk. We talked about swarms. I am not much of a fan of bees but I do know we need them so learning about them decreases my anxiety of them. The bees tend to like me and will fly around me a lot. The bee guy today says my pheromones most likely attract them.
      I’m glad they got the bees out of your hair. I would have screamed as well!

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