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     Here is information that will help you understand honeybees and their important roles in the environment. Honeybees are essential for pollinating crops, flowers, and trees and thus, food harvests and the beauty of nature are dependent on them. Though other bees and insects do perform pollination, it is the honeybee who has the greatest “mass pollination” procedure in nature. A healthy backyard apiary of two or three double-box hives can easily contain 120,000 to 180,000 or more honeybees who are out pollinating the plants and vegetables within any given community. Without this essential pollination there would be two-thirds less food in our grocery stores and farmers markets. If you know a beekeeper in your area then, thank them for their contribution to the environment!

Other Resources

Apiculture & Beekeeping - excellent publications of the NC State Extension.

Appi Bee Services - the makers of the HiveSmartHQ “ad-free” software app for beekeepers. Manage your apiary with data about maintenance, production, sales, etc. and view them on Facebook.

Beekeeping in Tennessee - an excellent guide for beginning and experienced beekeepers and my recommendation for all “prospective” and “beginning” beekeepers, (Zach). See Hive Management calendar on pages 40-42.

Haywood County Extension Center - located in Waynesville, NC.

Honey Bee Health Coalition - Varroa Destructor management resources.

NCDA Apiary Services - Plant Industry - Plant Protection Section Apiary Services.

North Carolina Bee and Honey Act of 1977, Article 55 - legal information about beekeeping in North Carolina.

NC State Apiculture Program - further your understanding of honey bee biology and bee management.

NC State Beekeepers Association - offers all kinds of information and training on beekeeping about bee swarming.

WNC Bloom Chart - what's in bloom for Haywood County and the western North Carolina mountains.

WNC Center for Honeybee Research - information and research from “natural” beekeepers in Asheville, NC.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map - see how temperature affects your area.

USDA & US Forest Service - planting bee-friendly flower gardens for pollinators.

SDA - Bee Research Laboratory: Beltsville, MD - How to send your bee samples for a FREE research analysis.

Recommended Videos to Watch

1. Kamon Reynolds - Tennessee's Bees - an experienced beekeeper offers “common sense” advice about honeybees.  

2. Honeybee Honey - Keith is in southern Colorado and offers technical explanations about honeybee behavior.  

3. David Burns - Master Craftsman beekeeper in Illinois who is informative and pleasant to hear.  

4. Devan Rawn - Canadian beekeeper specializing in “single-box” hives.  



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     Honeybees  have a technical flight range measuring about 1.86 miles.  However, this range can vary according to the amount of nectar and pollen sources available within this relatively short distance from the hive. In some instances, these tenacious  foragers have been known to travel up to five tm six iles when nearby foliage is scarce. During the past six years, I have learned that honeybees within the apiary typically travel no more than a mile away. This is due in part to the vast amount and types of foliage available so close to the apiary. Previous tests of honey and the types of pollen found in these tests have revealed food sources usually within this one mile range. Examine the foliage in your area, have your honey tested, and see how far your bees may be traveling to find food sources.

Technical foraging range (1.86 miles radius) from ZBees Apiary.

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