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The queen's role in the hive

Chosen randomly from the larvae, queen bees have a much longer life span than worker bees.  3 to 5 larvae are chosen and placed in "royal boxes".  Fed exclusively with royal jelly, the strongest of the larvae selected at the base will be elected queen. Several larvae are chosen at the base to make only one queen.  How is the selection of the queen and the elimination of the others done?  It's a real fight between the pre-selected bees.  It's a fight to the death that will be fought, the winner will be elected queen as soon as this battle is over. Why is a queen chosen? There are several situations in which the choice of a queen is necessary. ...

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The role of pollen in the hive

For most of us, the word "pollen" is synonymous with allergies.  However, pollen is primarily one of the elements in the reproduction of flowering plants and is also the main food of bee larvae.  The role of pollen is therefore essential in the hive.  Let's enter the colony to learn a little more... Uses of pollen in the hive Throughout the summer, it is fairly easy to observe bees returning to the hive with their legs laden with small balls of pollen.  But what is the purpose of this harvest?  What is the role of pollen in the colony? First of all, pollen is the basis for the reproduction of plants (the "sperm" of the flowers).  Pollen is also a...

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Blossom honey VS Honeydew honey

When people talk about honey, you immediately think of bees (and you're right) and the flowers they gather with appetite to offer you delicious honey nectars.  But our very greedy yellow and black workers have no lack of imagination for feeding themselves when honey flowers are scarce in certain regions.  Indeed, there is a perfect substitute for the nectars of flowers that bees love: honeydew. But then what is honeydew? It is a viscous and very sweet liquid, secreted by certain stinging and sucking insects (in particular aphids, cochineals, psyllids and whiteflies) and which covers the leaves and trunks of certain trees with non-melliferous flowers, such as pines, firs, oaks, ashes, birches, etc. How is it created? The insects involved...

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Mad Honey - Nepalese hallucinogenic honey

This honey can be named in many different ways: Mad honey, crazy honey, hallucinogenic honey, red honey, cliff honey...You will see that it has a rather particular specificity, patience we will tell you about it a little further down. It is a very rare and prized honey, it is harvested only twice a year!

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Bees produce more honey during lockdown 🐝

Weather conditions are favourable and as there is less pollution with confinement, bees are more numerous in the hives and produce more honey. Bees make more honey on quarantine  No one really cared about them during this unprecedented lockdown, and yet they are there.  In preparation for the July honey harvest, the bees continue to work with the seriousness and rigour they are known for.  In some areas, they are even zealous in taking advantage of the calm and the decline in human activity outdoors.. A good year awaited, after a bad year 2019 The first harvests are underway in France and the rest of the world.  Beekeepers have not stopped their activity because of the coronavirus and containment measures...

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