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Honey – A Delicate Crop That Begins with Nectar

I love to go to the farmers’ market. I really like the idea of buying my favorite fruits and veggies directly from the farmers. It is so much fun making tomato pie and feasting on strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon during summer months. I enjoy making stews using winter squash and root vegetables as we move…

Why Do Honey Bees Sting!

Did you know that approximately 1 in 3 people are afraid of stinging insects? These people become very anxious when in the vicinity of wasps, bees or any other stinging critters. Interestingly only about 2% of humans have life-threatening symptoms or reactions to stings. It is important to note that the venom that accompanies a…

How Do Honey Bees Communicate?

Honey bees belong to the scientific classification order hymenoptera. Maybe you remember a guy from your middle school science class named Carolus Linnaeus? Linnaeus was a botanist who lived during the 1700’s. He is credited with the development of the modern system of species classification lovingly referred to as binomial nomenclature. Now binomial nomenclature sounds…

Monofloral vs. Polyfloral Honey Varieties

Although there are many varieties, categories, and sub-categories of honey, all honey types can be divided into 2 general groups – polyfloral honeys and monofloral honeys. Polyfloral honey types are produced by honey bees using nectar from many different flower sources. Alternatively, honey bees produce monofloral honey types from the nectar of one flower species….

National Honey Bee Day

You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is National Honey Bee Day?” Let’s take a look! National Honey Bee Day was first celebrated on August 22, 2009 and was also known as National Honey Bee Awareness Day. National Honey Bee Day started as a grassroots effort designed to educate people about honeybees, beekeepers,…

What is Royal Jelly?

Here at the Savannah Bee Company we commonly use four different hive ingredients in our Health and Beauty product line, honey, beeswax, propolis, and royal jelly. Honey is a natural cleanser and skin softener. Beeswax protects the skin and prevents water loss. Propolis is known for its antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. But, what is royal…

Do Bees Get Too Hot During the Summer?

At Savannah Bee we are frequently asked how honeybees manage hive temperatures during hot summer months. Although bees are tolerant of temperatures well into the mid-nineties, they really do not like it much hotter. For resources or conditions such as light availability, water availability, and temperature all species have an optimal zone or range. At…

Exploring the Beehive

Exploration of the Beehive - Very simply, a beehive is the home of the honey bee colony. Technically speaking the term beehive refers to a man made structure designed to house domesticated honey bee colonies. Artificial beehives serve two basic functions as far as humans are concerned. They are designed to produce honey of course, but…

Let’s Meet the Honeybee!

In order to understand any living organism we must look and see “who” this critter really is. The term taxonomy refers to the scientific study of classification.  18th century, Swedish naturalist, Carolus Linnaeus developed the classification system binomial nomenclature which is still practiced universally today. His taxonomic system uses two names to identify every organism,…

What is Propolis?

Propolis - Propolis is probably one of the most fascinating of all honeybee produced compounds. Propolis is a resin. It is very sticky when wet but dries into a dense, rigid, construction compound. Honeybees use propolis to seal small cracks and holes in their hives. Propolis itself is very resistant to fungal and bacterial infection and…

The Queen Bee

The Queen - The Queen bee is the “life central” of the entire colony. The overall health or quality of the colony is ultimately a reflection of the overall health and vigor of the queen. The queen is the sole reproductively functional female of the entire hive. She is the only female with fully developed ovaries….

The Drone Bee

The Drone Bee - A honeybee colony is primarily female. Male bees, or drones make up a small percentage of a colony. Typically drones numbers range from 300-3000 depending on the maturity of the colony. A strong colony can exceed 80,000 individuals in the summer. Procreation is the primary function of the drone. The drones are…