The honey sold in your local shop come from honey bees. The brain of a bee is the same size of a sesame seed. And research shows that they have many similar characteristics of the human brain, including learning and memory. There are over 15000 bee species in Australia.
Bees are vegetarian and they feed on nectar or pollen. In the winter months they feed on honey reserves as there is no pollen. A honey bee only produces about 1 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
The bee hive consists of:
- Workers - Gather the pollen
- Drones - Fertilise the Queen
- Queen - Lays the eggs and is the largest of the three types in the hive
Not only do bees produce honey, but also bees wax, pollen and bee venom.
- Bees wax for candles and cosmetics
- Pollen which is a valuable nutrient
- Bee venom can be used to relieve arthritis.
Bees wax can withstand temperatures of up to 60 degrees Celsius.
Honey is also very nutritious. It contains 80% glucose, 17% moisture and 3% minerals.
Bees play a major role in our world. Without them we wouldn't have any cross pollination, which means that we wouldn't have much fruit and vegetable trees and most of all delicious honey.
** WARNING ** Bee stings can be fatal to those who are allergic.
Feral Bee Swarm