Updated by Mary Bowen on March 7, 2020
Backyard beekeeping is fun and has many benefits: it’s surprising that not everyone does it! Bees are educational and there's a lot to learn about them.
It is easy to identify the difference between a queen, the drones and the hard little workers.
Besides being interesting specimens, other benefits of backyard beekeeping include delicious honey, wax, and having pollinators fly about your flower and vegetable gardens.
The queen of the hive's job is multiplying the population of the hive. The queen can lay up to 1500 eggs per day. The queen stays queen of that hive until she dies or until the worker bees make a new queen to replace her.
The queen has a longer body than the other bees.
The drone’s job is to mate with the queen. This is his only job. He does not make honey. He does not pollinate or make wax. After he is done mating with the queen he just lazily sits around eating honey.
Of course this behavior is not allowed in the busy hive.
The hive becomes sick of pampering him and throws him out. He then dies without the safety of the hive.
The drone has a stout body and can not sting.
As her name suggests, the worker bee is the busiest bee in the whole hive. Her job description includes:
The worker bee pretty much runs the hive. They know when it's time to make a new queen or drones. By making different sized combs the worker bee makes queens and drones.
There are over four thousand worker bees in a typical hive.
Honey has countless uses. The obvious being the delicious flavor. Honey can be used as sugar in some recipes. As a sweetener in tea, honey is also yummy. Or try it in your favorite granola recipe.
The honey that you get from your bees is the best thing you could ever harvest from your yard. Besides tasting delicious honey is a medicine. Honey can be used as a medicine for:
Wax can be used to make limitless crafts and gifts. Some of the most useful:
Backyard beekeeping can also be good for your flowers and garden. The bees do their job of pollination, resulting in more abundant flowers and veggies.
Bees are amazing little creatures. it is astonishing what such tiny insects can do so much for us.
We've just barely skimmed the surface of the topic of backyard beekeeing. There is a lot more to learn and enjoy.
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