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The Many Jobs of Worker Bees

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While the queen bee gets a lot of attention, the real stars of the hive are the worker bees. From the moment they emerge from their cells, worker bees begin the first of their many jobs within the hive. If worker bees wore hats, they would wear a lot of them! To get a better…

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The History of 3 of Our Favorite Bee Idioms

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A couple of months back, we told you about the origin of two of our favorite bee-related sayings: The Bee’s Knees and Busy as a Bee. If you haven’t read it, check it out! “The Bee’s Knees,” in particular, has a fascinating history, gaining in popularity with the Flappers of the 1920s. During that time,…

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How Do Bees Make Honey?

Honey is delicious and nutritious; there’s no doubt about it! The thing that makes honey really amazing is how it’s made. The lives of honey bees are dedicated to supporting the colony. Every bee has a job, and that job needs to get done so the colony can thrive. One of the ways that bees…

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What is Beeswax?

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Did you know that everything that a honey bee makes is useful in some way? Of course, we are all familiar with the benefits and uses of honey. But, honeybees don’t stop there! They make a few other vital resources that can be used by humans: bee pollen, royal jelly and beeswax. Beeswax may not…

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Do Bees Sleep?

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Bees are busy. But are they too busy to sleep? Many people are under the misconception that bees don’t sleep. They think that bees spend their days and nights foraging for nectar and pollen, taking care of their young and serving the queen. These little creatures are so amazing they must not need rest, right?…

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The Biggest Threats to Honeybees

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Just like humans, honeybees have specific basic needs that keep them alive and thriving. They need nearby sources of nectar, pollen and water. They need warm summer temperatures in which to forage. In the winter, honeybees need shelter to keep them warm and honey to sustain them. Without these basic necessities, honeybees won’t survive.  Bees…

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