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
- excellent publications of the NC State Extension
- Apis Information Resource News, a comprehensive listing of beekeeping events around the globe
- messages from the Bee Informed Partnership
- subscribe to Bee Culture magazine's free honeybee news service
- an informative guide offered by PennState University Extension
- Learn and test your knowledge about honeybees.
- read beekeeping articles online or subscribe.
- 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.
- learn about honeybee safety and avoiding stings.
- located in Asheville, NC
a PDF about Colony Pests, Parasites, and Disease Treatment Suggestions.
- located in Waynesville, NC
- a PDF file listing pesticides and toxins to avoid if you have honeybees in your yard.
- contains information for managing healthy bee hives.
NC Cooperative Extension: (Debbie Roos)
- Plant Industry - Plant Protection Section Apiary Services
, Article 55 - legal information about beekeeping in North Carolina
- see how temperature affects your area.
- further your understanding of honey bee biology and bee management
- offers all kinds of information and training on beekeeping in North Carolina.
NC State University- Department of - Structured FAQ information from our own state and backyard about bees swarming.
- educating younger generations of prospective new beekeepers.
- information for growers in Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson counties of North Carolina
at Beltsville, MD - provides tools and insights for building and maintaining healthy honey bee populations
Recommended Videos to Watch
1.- Tennessee's Bees - an experienced beekeeper offers “common sense” advice about honeybees.
2. , New Zealand - research on the healing powers of honey.
3. - Master Craftsman beekeeper in Illinois who is informative and pleasant to hear.
4. - Canadian beekeeper specializing in “single-box” hives.
5. Keith Kovak - , 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.