Bee Hives

Bee Hive Security – How do honeybees protect their hives from predators?

The front line The first defence mechanism for most kinds of bees is the same method the bees use to protect themselves against us humans, is to use their sting and inject venom into their enemies.  Unlike when they sting humans and other mammals that have thick skin which holds onto the sting and kills the bee, to other animals it delivers a shocking sting without killing it.  Protecting the Hive Propolis is a resin-like white sticky natural substance that the bees make in processing honey and it plays an important part in protecting the hive.  Propolis is put at the entrance to the hive, which traps the unwitting predator in the substance and allows the bees time to get to the predator and sting it with venom before it can cause too much damage to the hive.  The natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties (amongst other key benefits) of Propolis…

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Royal Jelly – How Royal is it and Should I give it a try?

It is very royal indeed. Royal Jelly is the substance made by honey bees full of vital nutrients that is used to feed queen bee larvaes, the most important member of the hive, to ensure they grow strong and survive.  It is also used for key worker bees for a few days only to build their strength so they are fit enough to collect the nectar for the hive.  What is Royal Jelly composed of ? Royal Jelly’s main components include approximately 60% to 70% water, proteins, sugar, fats and several vitamin B and trace minerals.  The exact composition of Royal Jelly varies from geographical locations, the flowers the bees feed on and also the climate around the beehives. Does Royal Jelly do any good? There are many benefits that royal jelly could possibly bring to the human bodies of ours. Listed below are a few of them. Protects Against…

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