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Reasons to Keep Honey Bees

| 6/10/2019 10:34:00 AM


Photo credit Richard Blaker

There are many benefits of keeping honey bees other than just honey production. 

Plant Pollination

Honey bees are pollinators.  This means that they travel from plant to plant and collect pollen.  When they travel from plant to plant, they deposit pollen onto the plants.  The transfer of pollen from one plant to another is what fertilizes the plant and allows for reproduction.  Plants can't move, so they often rely on pollinators and wind to move pollen for them.

Honey bees work hard to collect pollen.  Plants reward the bees with nectar.  Nectar is the sugary liquid produced in flowers.  Honey bees drink the nectar and can use it for energy.  Nectar that is not used is put into a special honey stomach where it is stored.

When the bee goes back to the hive, it leaves the unused nectar with worker bees where they transform it into honey. The bee then leaves the hive and goes back out to collect pollen.

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Keeping bee is not as easy as it might appear from this article. Bees are like any other livestock they have to have food and water and they get diseases and parasites. AND just went you think you have a handle on your hive - they swarm. Buying the equipment, hives and, nucs of bees is expensive. Anyone who thinks they might want to start beekeeping, should join a beekeepers organization and learn all they can before they spend any money.

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