Honeybees Move Into Birdhouse

Honeybees in Birdhouse

Honeybees in Birdhouse

Honeybee and Grape Hyacinth Flower

Honeybee and Grape Hyacinth Flower

Honeybee on Impatiens Flower

Honeybee on Impatiens Flower

Honeybee on Fragrant Pink Stargazer Lily

Honeybee on Fragrant Pink Stargazer Lily

Honeybees recently moved into an unused birdhouse in our front yard.  We are happy about it, because honeybees are very important in the garden. One-third of our food supply has been pollinated by bees.  Unfortunately honeybees are in trouble.  Population loss has ranged from 30-50% in the United States in the past year.  This loss is called “colony collapse disorder” and is currently being studied by scientists.  Next time you see a little honeybee in the garden, take a moment to be happy for the fruit, nuts, and grains that you eat.  And remember that honeybees have to visit 2 million flowers and fly 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey!

The past few days I noticed that many of our bees were hanging around the outside of the hive in the afternoon.  I was worried about them until I realized what was happening.  It turns out the bees were hot, and were fanning their wings to cool the hive down.  This process is called “bearding”, and is important in keeping a healthy hive at a constant temperature and humidity.  An article called “A World Without Bees” is featured on the cover of the August 19, 2013 issue of Time magazine.  A previous post about a Honeybee Garden and Research Facility in California is at:  https://naturetime.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/honey-bee-research-facility-and-bee-garden/       Happy National Honeybee Day!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

6 Responses to Honeybees Move Into Birdhouse

  1. mrsbearfoot says:

    That’s quite a comb they’ve got going in there!

  2. Kongo says:

    Wow. Amazing photos and interesting story. So glad you’re buzzing but how are you planning to get the honey out of there at some point?

  3. Arindam Saha says:

    The first picture reminds me of my ecology practical days… 🙂

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