On Jul 24, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
These bees are important for pollination and they are essential to orchards to ensure fruit.
Theu are social insects, living in large colonies. They choose hollow trees and sometimes unused structures for their hives. They are also quite content to live in hives constructed by beekeepers.
The life of the colony depends upon the Queen...the only fertile female, who is related to the whole community. There are workers, who harvest the pollen and take care of the Queen and the larvae, and drones who's purpose is to mate with the Queen.
The hive produces honey, which they feed upon...and most animals, humans included, like it too.
Honeybees can sting when agitated and while the sting isn't dangerous to most, some people can become qui... read more
On Sep 11, 2008, UniversalGarden from Las Vegas, NV wrote:
On colony collapse disorder:
The marvelous Honeybee (Apis mellifera) since being domesticated by humans over 3000 years ago has been a guage for our own survival. Depending upon how well they survive in our care, a reflection is cast upon the quality and life giving forces that exist in the local environment. It is for us humans to closely observe and make accurate diagnosis of these conditions. If these insects are vanishing, then we, the care takers had better compose a list of questions as to why. . .
We can find the answers. . .
We can implement specific solutions that will make a difference. . .
We are their guardians!
On Aug 25, 2014, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
2014 ... I have tons of Honeybees in my yard, an amazing amount actually. I was getting swarms of them on my hummingbird feeders close to fall which was actually becoming a hazard to us in the yard..They were even pulling the plastic flowers off thats how many were trying to get at the sugar water. Had to use the hose to create a rain storm over them so they would leave and remove the feeders for a while. Poor bees couldnt figure out why it was raining only in certian areas. Later I found out there was a resident with a beehive..he said now he knows were all his bees go. I guess they survived the cold winter..