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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!


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

2. Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand - research on the healing powers of honey.  

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.  


Carnolian
(Apis mellifera, carnica)
Saskatraz
(Apis mellifera)
Italian
(Apis mellifera, ligustica)
(Apis mellifera, ligustica)

Italian

(Apis mellifera, ligustica)

Carnolian

(Apis mellifera, carnica)

Saskatraz

(Apis mellifera)

Honeybees

     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.

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

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