Our Epoch Honeybees
ies necessary to lay eggs. Worker bees do not consume royal jelly as larvae, therefore, they do not develop the reproductive organs to be a fertile queen bee. The rest of the female larvae grow up to be worker bees. Workers are responsible for a LOT, including housekeeping in the hive, feeding the queen and larvae, collecting pollen and nectar, and making wax. The rest of the members of the hive are called drones, and they are all male. Their primary job is to mate with the queen. When they leave the hive, they fly in swarms releasing pheromones to attract queen bees looking to mate.
We have a wooden hive home for our buzzing friends in the apple orchard on York Mountain. Right now, the bees have a “pollen patty” that they have been eating from and feeding to the larvae as it has warmed up outside (in lieu of gathering pollen from plants and flowers). Our hive currently has 2 deep and 1 medium frame(s). Frames are the thinner sheets that you see beekeepers pulling up and out of the hive, covered in bees. Medium frames can hold 4 pounds of honey, and deep frames can hold 6!
Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope you learned something you previously didn’t know and gained a greater appreciation for these furry little powerhouses.