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  • What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

    Long live the queen. And queen bees do live long – somewhere between 3 to 5 years (although some estimates stretch it to 9). Compared to the worker bee, which reaches the end of her life cycle somewhere around the 42-day mark, she might as well live for a bee-time eon. But whether it’s by disease, old age, natural disaster, or beekeeper murder (which, under certain circumstances, is recommended), at some point or other, the queen must die.

    What then? Do the worker bees riot? Does chaos erupt, and the hive plunge into anarchy? After all, the queen bee is the only bee in the hive fully capable of producing offspring (at the upwards rate of one egg per minute, no less). Though worker bees are physically capable of laying unfertilized eggs (which hatch into male drones by way of parthenogenesis), this rarely occurs. There are two main reasons. The first is to do with the queen’s particular perfume – the spread of which convinces the colony they are “queenright”. It is a powerful pheromone, with various physiological effects – one of which is to cause the eggs inside of all the other females to wither and die (an example of “programmed cell death”). It’s as though she’s putting all her lower-ranked sisters on the pill just by existing.

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  • Hard Working Bee - Essential for Hive Success
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    Hard Working Bee - Essential for Hive Success

    HONEYBEES AND THEIR WORK

    Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are incredibly industrious creatures. Although also going under the name European honey bee, these highly distinctive striped insects have over millennia swarmed (if not quite literally) every continent with the exception of Antarctica. While their spread is in part due to natural factors – carried across water bodies by wind and water currents – humans played a large part, both unintentionally through exploration, or deliberately, through species introduction for industrial hives.

    Yet that honey bee populations not only survived but thrived across such diverse world regions is remarkable in itself. What makes them so adaptable, and with such success? The reasons vary, but a lot of it comes down to how the honey bee goes about finding sources of food. In other words, how the species sources, collects, and stores nectar (the sucrose-rich fluid secreted by flowers) and pollen (the fine powdery substance from the anthers of male flowers) – both of which the honey bee transforms into honey.

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  • The Parts That Build Your Beehive
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    The Parts That Build Your Beehive

    In our last blog post, we touched on the different types of bees that make up the colony. While these little workers are incredibly important, their job wouldn’t be complete without the right apiary supplies to create a hive for them. Blythewood Bee Co. is happy to provide passionate beekeepers with the apiary supplies that they need to successfully raise honey bees and enjoy in their sweet, sweet honey. Below are all of the parts that will make up your beehive and what purpose they serve when it comes to the honey making process.
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  • What Makes Up Your Honey Bee Colony
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    What Makes Up Your Honey Bee Colony

    Colonizing honey bees is something that is extraordinary to watch, but even more amazing to be a part of. Where we tend to lose sight is in all of the hard work that these bees are doing in order to provide us with the honey we love indulging in. At Blythewood Bee Co., we are passionate about honey bees, as well as the different types of equipment and supplies that go into creating this home for the bees. We see clearly just how precious this process is, and we hope you can have just as high of an appreciation for your very own bee colony by understanding what components make it all possible.

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  • Fantastic Products Found In A Beehive
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    Fantastic Products Found In A Beehive

    When people think of bees, the first thing that comes to mind is honeybees. It goes without saying why it’s the first thing that we think of, but honey isn’t the only product that bees are working away at in that hive. At Blythewood Bee Co., we are able to work closely with bees and watch them as they colonize and create all of these different products that contribute to the production of the honeybee and their honey. If you’re racking your brain trying to think of what other things are inside of the hive, we’ve broken it down to make it a little easier for you.
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  • August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    2017 Bee Nucs for Sale Now!

    Blythewood Bee Company is pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for our high-quality Carniolian Nucs from Upstate New York. This season we will be bringing a total of 200 NUCS so get your order in early. Our supplier...

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