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About Honeybees

Honeybees are not native to the USA. They are European in origin, and were brought to North America by the early settlers.   Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.

Honeybees represent a highly organized society, with various bees having very specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses, guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers, royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc. The queen bee can live for several years. Worker bees live for 6 weeks during the busy summer, and for 4-9 months during the winter months. The practice of honey collection and beekeeping dates back to the stone-age, as evidenced by cave paintings.

The honeybee hive is perennial. Although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybee survives the winter months by clustering for warmth. By self-regulating the internal temperature of the cluster, the bees maintain 93 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the winter cluster (regardless of the outside temperature). Continue reading from Backyard Beekeepers Association

Check out a Beekeeping Book

Link to What Bees Want by Susan Knilans in the Catalog
Link to Beekeeping for Beginners by Timothy Tripp in Hoopla
Link to The Good Living Guide To Beekeeping by Dede Cummings in Hoopla
Link to Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston in the Catalog
Link to Beekeeping by Joanna Ryde in Hoopla
Link to Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson in the Catalog
Link to The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum in Hoopla
Link to The Idle Beekeeper by Bill Anderson in Hoopla