A Day in the Life



Bees live in colonies. In those colonies there are 3 types of members: queens, drones, and workers.

The queen can live from 2-5 years, while the drone only 40-50 days. Drones are male bees, yet most of the bees in the colony are workers making honey and stinging for defense.

The workers are females and they live from 1-4 months.

As you can see, bee life varies wildly, each with its own lifecycle. Here's a closer look. The lifecycle of the worker bee: Egg (3 days), Larva (6 days), Pupa (12 days). This is a total of 21 days from egg (baby) to adult worker. The lifecycle of the drone is 24 days, while the queen's is 16 days.

What do bees actually have in common? Clearly not their time on Earth. Rather, in common is their interconnectedness—their reliance upon each other, and their respective roles, to survive as a colony. 

Sounds a little bit like that other buzzing colony known as the human race. —N.B.


The Save the Bees Fund > Seeds that will Save the Bees > Raw Honey Gifts
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Let's Do This!



Bees provide 1 out of 3 bites of food on our plates because of the work they do. They take care of us—now it's our turn to take care of them. And take care we must—bees are dying off at an alarming rate. Think pandemic. But everyday folks like you can help. I'm trying to with the Save the Bees Fund that I just launched (above). How can you help? Start with my  3 No Fail Ways Even YOU Can Save the Bees. Let's do this! —Zeke

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The Beautiful Breathing Bee



Yes, bees breathe. But not with lungs, or through nostrils, or even through gills. Rather, bees breathe through a complex structure of tracheae and air sacs.

Oxygen is vacuumed into the body through openings on each segment of their bodies. They pull air in, then close their outermost vents and force the air into little tubules that get smaller and smaller until they reach the cells they need to.

What is the most common way bees suffocate? Humans—and our use of pesticides. The reason for this is that bees cannot breathe when they are coated with most of the chemicals we use in our flower beds and gardens because they close off the vents crucial to the way oxygen is brought into their bodies.—N.B.
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Are We Doing Enough to Help Save Our Bees?



For the last several years scientists have fretted over the future of bees, and although research has shed much light on the crisis, those in the bee business—from hive keepers to commercial farmers—say the insects remain in deep trouble as their colonies continue to struggle. More >
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Europe Bans Pesticides Thought Harmful to Bees



The European Commission
will enact a two-year ban on a class of pesticides thought to be harming global bee populations, the European Union’s health commissioner said Monday. “I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over €22 billion annually to European agriculture, are protected,” Tonio Borg said in a statement from Brussels, where the commission is based. Mr. Borg made the announcement after representatives of the 27 E.U. member states failed for the second time in two months to reach a binding agreement on a proposal to ban the pesticides, known as neonicotinoids. The commission had proposed the ban after the European Food Safety Authority recommended in January that use of the pesticides be restricted until scientists determined whether they were contributing to a die-off in bee colonies. More >

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Six Ways You Can Plant for Bees Today



Did you know planting bee friendly plants gives bees and other pollinators greatly needed nutrition? That with one phone call or visit to your garden center you can empower yourself and your garden with plants appropriate for your hardiness zone and make a mix that will bloom from spring to fall? That the more bees and other pollinators you attract to your bee friendly garden, the better your garden will grow? It's true. And one more thing we won't apologize for repeating on The Buzz: cut back on the pesticides, let the clover you usually cut away grow (its actually good for your grass and great for bees) and cut down on mulch as many native bees and pollinators tunnel and can be blocked by heavy mulch.

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Five Ways You And I Can Save the Bees

Neal Boulton

You may not be setting up hives on your roof or in your backyard anytime soon, but to save our endangered bees, you don't need to.

It's true! There are several simple things you and I can do to help the bees in our communities flourish. 

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Evolutionary Miracles?

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Royal Jelly?

"Yes, you read correctly. Royal. But you won't find The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales or The Duchess of Cornwall anywhere near it. That's because Royal Jelly is a creamy-white substance that is fed to larvae (baby bees) to turn them into Queen Bees. It acts as a megavitamin. If a bee receives Royal Jelly, she turns into a Queen, and if she does not, she remains a sterile worker bee. Royally cool, yes?"

Zeke Freeman, Founder Bee Raw Honey
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What is Bee Bread?

"Yes, bee bread. But it's not what you think. You don't bake it, and you can't buy it at a bakery. Nope, bee bread is the name of that unique and life-sustaining mixture of collected pollen and nectar—or honey—deposited in the cells of a comb that bees eat to live."

Neal Boulton, The Buzz
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