Bees are essential for our ecosystem.

Bee Swarm
Bee Swarm

That is why our goal is to save Bumble Bees and if possible save Honey Bee swarms.

We advise to leave Bumble Bees where they are, as they are not aggressive and so beneficial.

Do not disturb a Honey Bee swarm, you will most likely be stung multiple times.

If you see a swarm like the picture on the left, it is not Wasps as they do not behave like this.

Call the professionals for help as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bees are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants.

 They are adapted for feeding on nectar,  and play an important role in pollinating flowering plants,  and are called pollinators.

Bees have a long tongue that they use in order to obtain the nectar from flowers.   Bees have antennae made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females.

They have two pairs of wings the back pair being the smaller of the two.   Their legs are modified so that they can gather pollen and the apex of their abdomens are modified into a stinger.

There are over 16,000 described species,  and possibly around 30,000 species in total.   Bees may be solitary,  or may live in various sorts of communities.

The most advanced of these are eusocial colonies,  found among the honeybees and stingless bees.

 

Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day.  One single bee usually visits between 50-1000 flowers a day,  but can visit up to several thousand.

Queens will lay almost 2000 eggs a day at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute.   Between 175,000-200,000 eggs are laid per year.

The average hive temperature is 93.5 degrees. Beeswax production in most hives is about one and a half percent to two percent of the total honey yield.  About 8 pounds of honey is eaten by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax.

Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans. Just a single hive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees!  During honey production periods, a bee’s life span is about 6 weeks.

Honeybees visit about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

A bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey; up to 6 miles per trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.  Bees fly an average of 13-15 mph.

 

 

The Difference Between Honey Bees and Bumble Bees.

Being able to differentiate between the two is essential for understanding the behaviour each.

 

Bumblebees are not aggressive and will only sting when the hive is threatened. Bumble Bee nests are not like Honey Bee hives, they last only a few months, they are usually small in size.

The Bumble Bees are fairly placid and are unlikely to sting unless they feel their nest is threatened. So if the nest is under the house or shed it is best just to leave it.

Bumble Bees do not damage brickwork or wood.

A nest will only last for one or two seasons then it will die off and the Queen will hibernate underground for the winter.

 

Honeybees are calm and not aggressive, but the quantity of bees makes the individual anxious and usually irrational in actions, disturbing the bees so they feel threatened.

The removal of a Bee swarm can be challenging and takes a professional, call us.

Bumblebee nests can be left undisturbed until the winter month.  Sharing your yard with any kind of pollinator is excellent.

Bumble Bees

 

Bumble Bees

  • Thick wings visible when landed.
  • Thick and furry body.
  • Fat all around with yellow and black colouring.
  • Various sizes from 2-5cm.
  • Live in poorly drained soils. Small nests, 5-50 members.
  • Queens are the only bee to overwinter, they hibernate at the nesting site.
  • Bumblebees can sting multiple times, but only the females can sting.
  • Bumblebees do not produce a honey surplus like honeybees.

 

Honey Bees

Honey Bee Christchurch New Zealand

  • Small body, fuzzy torso, sleek abdomen, and thin wings.
  • 2.5cm in length
  • Colonies of 1000-25000.
  • Can sting only once, but the males cannot sting
  • Produce a honey comb and honey surplus
  • Large portion of the colony overwinters with the queen

 

Bee facts

Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee usually visits between 50-1000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand.

Queens will lay almost 2000 eggs a day at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute.

Between 175,000-200,000 eggs are laid per year.

The average hive temperature is 93.5 degrees.

Beeswax production in most hives is about 1 1/2% to 2% of the total honey yield.

About 8 pounds of honey is eaten by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax.

Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

Just a single hive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees!

During honey production periods, a bee’s life span is about 6 weeks.

Honeybees visit about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

A bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey; up to 6 miles per trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.

Bees fly an average of 13-15 mph.
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