Bee Facts:

They do have favourite flowers! Each type of bee will have a favourite type of flower, so when there are different swarms of bees living in the same area, they don’t have to compete with each other. 

Bees can see every colour except red, but they can still visit red flowers, because they can see special ultraviolet patterns on them. They have five eyes to see with (it must be hard for them to buy glasses.)

When bees are young, the first job they do is cleaning up around the hive (even bees have to do chores) and once they’re older they start looking after the larvae. It’s the oldest bees who protect the hive and go looking for pollen. 

Bees do two different dances depending on whether the flowers are close to the hive or far away:

And the different moves tell the other bees all about it:


They also dance to tell everyone about a new nest spot they’ve found for the colony, and the better the new place is, the more enthusiastic the waggle dance is! Then they vote by joining in the dance if they like it - if enough of the bees start dancing, then the vote is settled and they move to their new home.

I just got this email from Greenpeace & thought it was important enough to share with all of you.

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Bees and other pollinators are dying at alarming rates!

Honeybees pollinate many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables we love.But beekeepers like me keep discovering our honeybees — whole hives of them — gone or dead.

Just in the last year, the United States lost 44% of honey bee colonies — a significant jump from the year before.

We can’t let dangerous pesticides continue to devastate bee populations for another year.

Luckily, there is hope. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon has drafted a new bill that will help decrease bee-killing pesticide use and increase pollinator habitat.

Send a message to your Senators and ask them to save the bees by supporting the Pollinator Recovery Act of 2016.

The bill doesn’t only take steps to end the die-offs. It goes on the offensive for the bees:

  • It will give farmers incentives for reducing the use of bee killing pesticides and increase more ecologically friendly ways to control weeds and pests.
  • It will help farmers develop planting strategies that benefit pollinators and the crops they pollinate.
  • It will require federal agencies to expand habitat that benefits pollinators by 3 million acres!

Basically, the bill is a huge win for both bees and farmers. That’s something your Senators should be able to get behind — even in this politically charged time.

Send a message to your Senators today.

There is not a moment to lose.

To ensure the bill passes, Senator Merkley needs co-sponsors before introducing the bill on the floor of the Senate. That could happen in just a couple of weeks when the Senate is back from its August recess.

Bees need our support right now to give this bill a chance at succeeding from the outset.

Don’t wait to speak out to save the bees!

Our movement to protect the bees has already accomplished so much.

Hundreds of thousands of people are challenging bee killing pesticides — like neonicotinoids — in the EPA. In March, the state of Maryland banned the consumer use of neonicotinoids. And the entire country of France is banning all use of neonicotinoids!

And saving the bees is just one part of the growing movement to fix our broken food system.

Together we can ensure the food we eat everyday is not grown with dangerous pesticides and instead works for farmers, eaters (that’s YOU!), and bees.

Let’s make the Pollinator Recovery Act part of that change.

Thanks for all you do,

Mark Floegel
Research Director and Beekeeper, Greenpeace USA

P.S. Today is World Honey Bee Day! Will you celebrate by asking YOUR Senators to help reduce dangerous bee die offs and create the conditions for bees to flourish once again?

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Some of you were curious about the honey process

Well, I’m here to show you what these wonderful little ladies make, and how us humans collect the extra.

Some Vocabulary:

This is a Langstroth beehive. Those boxes in it are called “Supers”. Supers hold 10 frames each. Frames look like this.

I’m here to teach you about honey extraction from this particular kind of hive, and when you only have like 5 or 6.

The Process:

First, we start with the frame of honey.

Notice anything? The bees have “capped” this honey with beeswax so it can keep for the winter! (or beekeep heheh)

So what you wanna do is cut those bad boys off with ya Hot Knife.

(Or you can just scrape them off with a fork. Or poke holes in them. Dealer’s choice, man.)

Next, you put your uncapped frames in the Crazy Spin Cylinder. (The Extractor)

And YA CRANK IT

And the honey sp i n s

Honey GO

H O N  E  Y


The frames are spun at such a high speed that the honey is pulled right out!

Next, you open the spigot at the bottom, run it through a strainer…

Pour it in a jar…

and VOILA!

Beautiful Bee Nectar that you got yaself! This has been a PSA