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National Honeybee Day! ~ August 18, 2012 
 
Tomorrow is National Honeybee Day, and we invite all of you to celebrate with us.  Honeybees are amazing pollinators and are vital to our environment.  Did you know that it takes one colony of honeybees, or around 30,000 bees, to pollinate an acre of fruit trees?  Our bees here in Hawaii are busy pollinating tropical fruits and flowers, macadamia nut trees, and of course harvesting our Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey!   But the bee population is suffering due to the threat of pests, insecticides and colony collapse.  The good news is that anyone can follow these simple tips to help save the bee population, even if you're not a beekeeper!  Read on to learn some interesting facts about honeybees.

 

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The buzzing sound a honeybee makes comes from their wing movement - honeybee wings can beat about 200 times per second. These bees can fly as fast as 15 miles per hour and can travel up to six miles!



Honeybees have 170 olfactory receptors.  In comparison, fruit flies have only 62, and mosquitoes have 79. With this exceptional sense of smell the bees are able to recognize their kin, communicate within the hive, and find sources of food. Their sense of smell is so precise that the bees can differentiate between hundreds of different varieties of flowers and discern whether a flower carries pollen or nectar from several yards away.

Honey Comb partially capped over with wax
 

We use specially made honeycomb frames for harvesting honey, shown in the picture above.  We make our own organic wax foundation for these frames, which the bees then build upon, drawing out the comb in order to build a full honeycomb in which to place the nectar they harvest.  After extracting the honey, we are able to reuse these honeycombs.  The bees can make six pounds of honey for every pound of wax, so this recycling helps our bees produce more honey!  You can learn more about our organic wax foundation at our YouTube Channel. 

 

 

  

 A colony of bees consists of thousands of female worker bees, several hundred male drones, and one queen bee.  This ratio is not left to chance - the colony decides what types of bees to create and when.  For example, all bee larvae are fed a special substance called royal jelly for the first three days of life.  However, when the colony needs a new queen, one larvae will continue to be fed a diet of only royal jelly.  Because of this special nutrition, this bee will develop into the new queen.  We can think of no better example of the adage, "you are what you eat!"  

 

    
Aloha -- and happy honeybee day, 
richard 

 


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How doth the little busy bee
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~ Isaac Watts,
Against Idleness
 

 

 

 

 

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