Top View of Bees Putting Honey
Stasia Sliwinski-Seubert from Backyard Bee Keeping was our presenter this morning.  Stasia currently maintains five bee hives in her backyard - two that survived this past winter, and three from swarms that she was able to catch this spring.  A few fun facts about bees that we learned this morning:
  • There can be up to 30,000 bees in a bee hive
  • All worker bees are female and have a 6 week lifespan.  Male bees are called drones.
  • Swarming happens when bees outgrow their hive. Stasia caught three swarms earlier this year, with as many as 3,000 bees in each swarm.
Even if you are not a beekeeper, we can all do our part to help the bee population.  Planting flowers where the center of the flower is easily accessible to bees is the easiest way to help bees thrive.