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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 About Beekeeping

Apiculture & Beekeeping - excellent publications of the NC State Extension

Apis Newsletters - Apis Information Resource News, a comprehensive listing of beekeeping events around the globe

Bee Informed Partnership - messages from the Bee Informed Partnership

Catch the Buzz - subscribe to Bee Culture magazine's free honeybee news service

Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladie - an informative guide offered by PennState University Extension

All About Bees - Learn and test your knowledge about honeybees.

American Bee Journal - read beekeeping articles online or subscribe.

Appi Bees Services, Ltd - the makers of the HiveSmartHQ “ad-free” software app for beekeepers. Manage your apiary with data about maintenance, production, sales, etc. Below are links to paper forms for those who are not digitally connected.

Beekeeping Safety - learn about honeybee safety and avoiding stings.

Center for Honeybee Research - located in Asheville, NC

Datant- a PDF about Colony Pests, Parasites, and Disease Treatment Suggestions.

Haywood County Extension Center - located in Waynesville, NC

Help the Honeybee - a PDF file listing pesticides and toxins to avoid if you have honeybees in your yard.

Honey Bee Health Coalition - contains information for managing healthy bee hives.

NC Cooperative Extension: Growing Small Farms-Pollinator Conservation Guide (Debbie Roos)

NCDA Apiary Services - Plant Protection Section Apiary Inspection Services

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

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

NC State Beekeepers Association - offers all kinds of information and training on beekeeping in North Carolina.

NC State University- Department of Entomology College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Structured FAQ information from our own state and backyard about bees swarming.

Planet Bee Foundation - educating younger generations of prospective new beekeepers.

WNC Vegetable and Small Fruits News - information for growers in Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson counties of North Carolina

USDA Bee Research Laboratory at Beltsville, MD - provides tools and insights for building and maintaining healthy honey bee populations

Recommended Videos to Watch

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.

5. Keith Kovak - Honey Bee Honey, in Colorado

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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.

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

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