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Bees

Bees are amazing. There’s lots of incredible things about them. 

  
This bumble bee has been working so hard. She’s collected a massive bag of pollen. It takes visits to many blooms in order to collect this much. If you watch a bee at work she’s very busy indeed. These pollen sacks are only one of the jobs she does. 

  
The bee inside this dog rose spent ages buzzing with enthusiasm. 

They also collect a sticky tree secretion which they turn into propolis. It’s used to coat the whole hive inside and is an antibacterial. The inside of the hive is very warm and humid. The propolis prevents fungus from growing. 

Meanwhile they also collect nectar from the flowers which forms the basis for honey. When they collect the nectar it is placed in cells inside the hive. Then they process it so that the water content is reduced. When the water content is less than 18%  the cells are capped and left for later use.  Honey has been found in Turkey that was ire than a thousand years old. 

Meanwhile this is a bumble bee. She lives in a much smaller family usually in an underground colony. 

There are hundreds of wild bee species in Europe.

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8 comments on “Bees

  1. jpeggytaylor
    June 24, 2015

    Bees are amazing creatures and so important to our lives too.

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  2. potatobuoy
    June 24, 2015

    I have had a couple of bee experiences this week – both good . First one was
    On the start of a Laurentic Dive .

    The Boat was parked at a friends house who has a large bush outside which was buzzing loudly – I thought it had a swarm inside it was so loud .

    Second experience leaving work yesterday . I passed 10 meters of flowers that had been planted by my employer . Left work with a huge smile after passing that part of the garden .

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    • lizard100
      June 24, 2015

      Sounds lovely. Bees and diving. My idea of heaven!

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  3. Allotmental
    June 25, 2015

    We should look after the bees. More flowers on plots and gardens!

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  4. faeriembassy
    June 29, 2015

    this is a land without bumblebees and I do love them – vetry much a part of my growing up years in NZ. funny how they decided or didnt what species to take to the ‘new’ colonies…

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  5. Equality 333
    July 8, 2015

    4 years we would begging collapsing is we lost the bees. I always has a spot in my garden for them 🙂

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