Friday, May 22, 2009

Bee Farm Tour

Today we went to the Trees N Bees farm. They sell Christmas trees in the winter and honey and related products in the summer. We got a guided tour of the place, along with a slide show of a bees live and how the bee keeper keeps safe and does her job.

I wish I could say that I was able to sit with my children and listen attentively.... but for Logan, today was an off day, so for much of the presentation I was outside with him, trying to help the others inside hear more than just his whining.

What I did hear though, was fascinating! A worker bee only makes 1 lg drop of honey in her lifetime? Did you know that? 1/10 of a TEASPOON. A queen bee can lay up to 2000 eggs A DAY. That is labor for you! The drones (boys) get kicked out of the hive in the winter and they all die. Wow. The whole trip was incredible...

This is my favorite picture from today. The bee up to the left has a HUGE load of pollen on his legs for the hive. It is the only shot I got of the bees actually getting pollen. So impressive!

1 comment:

Alycia in Va. said...

That sounds very cool. I've been trying to arrange a visit to a local bee keeper with no luck. Hopefully this summer it'll come through.