National Honey Bee Month-Let’s Celebrate


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September is National Honey Bee Month.  The month long celebration of the Honey Bee offers all kinds of opportunities for tasting parties, hands-on learning activities and it’s a wonderful time learn about the benefits of honey too. In Tuesday’s Geek Educational Link-Up I will share some activities you can do at home or with your co-op.

 

Interesting Facts About the Honey Bees:

* A single honey bee may collect 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

* To make 1 pound of honey, bees may need to fly 50,000 miles.

* Honey bees may forage up to 2-5 miles from the hive

*Honey dates back 150 years to the Egyptians. They used honey as a form of payment for needed items.

*German peasants also used honey as payment to their feudal landlords.

*Colonists in America used honey to preserve fruit.

*Bees fly at about 15 miles per hour.

*A typical bee colony can house up to 60,000 bees.

*The queen bee lays up to 1500 eggs per day.

*Bees produce beeswax from special glands in their abdomen.

*Honey has been used as a healing ingredient for a variety of treatments such as minor burns.

* Directly, honey bees pollinate the flowers of 1/3 of all fruits and vegetables.

* Indirectly, honey bees pollinate 70% of the food crops, through seed production, etc.

 

Three different Bees take up residence in a hive:

The Queen:

* Will live normally between 1 and 4 years.

* Consumes royal jelly provided by the workers

* Has a non-barbed stinger

* Without a queen, the colony will eventually die

* Develops in 16 days, from egg to emergence from the queen cell.

 

The Drones: 

* Sole responsibility is fertilization.

* Leaves hive for 2-3 hours each day.

* Has no stinger

* If the workers stopped feeding them, they would die of starvation.

* Develops in 24 days from egg to hatching to emergence.

 

The Workers:

* Worker are all females.

* Can number between 40-60,000 in a strong hive.

* Performs a multitude of tasks to include: Tending to the queen, feeding larvae, feeding

drones, nectar ripening, producing heat, collecting water, house cleaning guard duty,

field collection of pollen and nectar, to list a few.

* Will die if she stings. Has a barbed stinger that if left behind after stinging.

* Will live 6-8 weeks in the summer, working until her wings give out.

* Will live 4-6 months in winter when not actively working/foraging.

* Develops in 21 days from egg to emergence.

 

Easy Recipes for kids that use Honey:

Cocoa Shake

1 cup milk
1/3 cup instant cocoa mix
1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
1 Tbsp honey

Place all ingredients in blender and blend at high speed about 30 seconds. Makes 1 pint.

 

Strawberry Float

1 quart milk, chilled
1/4 tsp almond extract
6 Tbsp honey
1 quart vanilla ice cream
2 cups crushed fresh strawberries

Combine all ingredients and blend at medium speed for 1 minute. Serve in tall glasses garnished with scoops of ice cream.

 

Honey Glazed Carrots

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup water
16 oz package baby carrots (about 3 1/2 cups)

In medium saucepan over high heat, bring honey, butter, apple juice and water to a boil. Add carrots. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until liquid is reduced to a glaze and carrots are tender.

 

Make sure to buzz by tomorrow for some more fun Honey Bee Activities! (did I just say buzz by must be the honey talking)

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