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5/29/2010

Update from Fred

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees' progress:

I removed one frame last weekend and examined it for varroa mites. This one frame (one of 10 in each of the bottom brood chambers) is unique because there is no (starter) foundation in it. Instead we let the bees build out the comb themselves. It takes a while for them to do this but the bees build naturally larger cells

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5/28/2010

Top Ten Cool Things About the Amazing Honeybee

10. A honeybee strokes its wings at a tremendous speed of 11,400 times per minute. This stroking helps to produce the unique bee buzz we get to hear when it flies.

9. The queen lays upwards of 1200 eggs per day.

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5/25/2010

Queens, Drones and Workers - oh my!

There are three types of honeybee: the queen, the worker, and the drone.

THE QUEEN BEE
There is only one queen per hive. She grows one and a half times larger than the other bees, lives 40 times longer than the workers (up to seven years), and can lay between 1,200 and 2,000 eggs a day, which may be her weight in eggs. Ouch!

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001

 

 

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