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“ We have chose to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest things, which are sweetness and light. ” --Jonathan Swift. Honeybees. . . . For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature, teach the art of order to a peopled kingdom. .

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“We have chose to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest things, which are sweetness and light.” --Jonathan Swift

honeybees
Honeybees

. . . For so work the honey-bees,

creatures that by a rule in nature, teach

the art of order to a peopled kingdom.

William Shakespeare

King Henry V

bee values
Bee values…
  • Importance of Bees
    • Pollination
    • Honey
    • Healthful Properties

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.

Emily Dickinson

honey variations
Honey variations…
  • Honey . . . It’s Special
    • Approximately 300 varieties of honey in US
      • Varies from water-white Bass Wood to rich dark Buckwheat
    • Lighter-colored honeys usually are milder in flavor
    • Darker honeys tend to have higher mineral content & antioxidant potential
  • Honey . . . The Taste of America’s Flowers
    • Because of floral sources, no two honeys are alike in flavor or nutritional content
caste system duties of hive occupants
Caste SystemDuties of Hive Occupants

And for their monarch Queen – an egg-casting machine,

Helpless without attendance as a farmer’s drill.

Robert Bridges

“The Testament of Beauty”

Queen

caste system duties of hive occupants8
Caste SystemDuties of Hive Occupants

All we need is to be industrious not like a machine but like the honeybee.

Mahatma Gandhi

Workers

caste system duties of hive occupants9
Caste SystemDuties of Hive Occupants

From the Lime’s leaf no amber drops they steal,

Nor bear their grooveless thighs the foodful meal;

On other’s toils, in pamper’d leisure, thrive

The lazy Fathers of th’ industrious hive.

John Evans

“The Bees”

Drones

bee threats
Bee threats…
  • Varroa destructor…
getting started
Getting started…
  • Package Bees
  • Nucleus colonies
  • Catching a swarm

Some have said that a share of divine intelligence is in bees.

Virgil, Georgics