Life is full of surprises!
Some years ago I was living right in the center of Helsinki and now am happily living in the countryside with three beehives in my garden.
I have a connection with bees as my grandfather in England had several beehives in his garden and wonderful tasting flower honey. I was just a little child when I first visited these beehives and can still remember the sheer excitement of putting on the white coverall with the veil and the long gloves. The outfits looked like aliens had landed on earth! And then seeing thousands of bees buzzing with the incredible and recognizable sound and sensing the intoxicating scent of fresh sweet honey in the hives.
A single queen bee lays eggs up to 1500 daily during summertime.
In each beehive there are three different types of bees; a queen bee, worker bees and male drones. A single queen bee lays eggs up to 1500 daily during summertime. Thousands of female worker bees (20.000 – 60.000) look after the queen bee, keep the beehive tidy, collect pollen and suck nectar into their honey stomach. The nectar is passed on through worker bees mouths to other worker bees until gradually it turns into honey that is stored in honeycomb cells. The male drones sole purpose of life is to fertilize the queen bee.
Up to 2 million blossoms are visited by worker bees to produce half a kilo of honey.
The worker bee collects about a teaspoonful of honey and flies 800 kilometers during its short life. Up to 2 million blossoms are visited by worker bees to produce half a kilo of honey. The bees are truly workaholics! Think of all the incredible work bees do to humans next time you are about to enjoy honey.
Pollinating bees make a huge difference in my garden. Flowers blossom and especially apple trees and currant bushes produce at least over 20% more crops. It is a soothing sight to recognize my bees at work in the garden and knowing that my neighbours gardens benefit of the bees, too.
Did you know that honey is the only food that includes all the substances to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water?
Illustration by Teresa Moorhouse @teresa.moorhouse