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!
- excellent publications of the NC State Extension.
- 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.
- 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.
- located in Waynesville, NC.
- Varroa Destructor management resources.
- Plant Industry - Plant Protection Section Apiary Services.
- legal information about beekeeping in North Carolina.
- further your understanding of honey bee biology and bee management.
- offers all kinds of information and training on beekeeping about bee swarming.
- what's in bloom for Haywood County and the western North Carolina mountains.
- information and research from “natural” beekeepers in Asheville, NC.
- see how temperature affects your area.
- planting bee-friendly flower gardens for pollinators.
Beltsville, MD - How to send your bee samples for a FREE research analysis.
Recommended Videos to Watch
1. - Tennessee's Bees - an experienced beekeeper offers “common sense” advice about honeybees.
2. - Keith is in southern Colorado and offers technical explanations about honeybee behavior.
3. - Master Craftsman beekeeper in Illinois who is informative and pleasant to hear.
4. - Canadian beekeeper specializing in “single-box” hives.
(Apis mellifera, ligustica)
(Apis mellifera, carnica)
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.