8 February 2011
So today while in line at the bank I was Googling our newly published website (from my iPhone – yes, I admit, and we’re waiting to test the new Verizon G4 to check out how far out of range we can get and still be in remote bee yards — or some place off grid in a wild obscure international location learning about bees and their tenders!) to see how our “Follow The Honey” rank may have been rising, since spreading the word and going live few days ago. I was wowed to see Karen Kochs’ documentary film project!
“Follow The Honey: Afghanistan, Bees and The National Guard” – on Kickstarter.
The link to this critical story & its worth filmmaker story teller is — kck.st/bWUYO9
I planned to write on “Bees & Pesticides” tonight, but as serendipity had it, Karen Kochs blog on “imidacloprid” hit the maniacal nail on the head (though often suppressed) you can read of it here of Hank A. Tenneke: www.disasterinthemaking.com/
And now having forwarded you on to these inquireis, I’ll leave you with these six, the sides of the honeycomb cell, bee musings:
1. A healthy and robust mature hive contains 45, 000-60,000 honeybees.
2. A queen bee lays almost 2000 eggs a day at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute; between 175,000-200,000 eggs laid per year.
3. Eight pounds of honey must be consumed by bees to produce a pound of beeswax.
4. During honey production weeks, the lifespan of a summer worker bee is six weeks.
5. A winter bee is physiologically different from a summer bee, with a different blood protein profile, relying on its fatter body for nourishment during the non-foraging months. It’s sole purpose is to get the hive through the winter until spring.
6. “The honeybee has five eyes, two compound and three simple eyes, which are used for seeing flowers. Its compound eyes are located on each side of the head and are made up of hexagonal shaped eyes that can see separate points in their field of vision.
There must be something about how they see and the hexagons they craft, that makes them create the comb, don’t you think?
Yours in discovery,