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:
* 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.
* 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.
* 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:
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.
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)