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Body parts of a honey bee. The worker bee.

head of a worker bee

The worker bee. The infertile female of the hive. The honey makers. Let’s see what are the body parts of a bee and what makes a worker bee different than its relatives. The smallest members of the hive, the worker bees represent the majority of bees from the colony. They are all female but have undeveloped ovaries, thus incapable of reproduction. Compared to males and queen, worker bees have specialized body structures, such as brood food glands, scent glands, wax glands and pollen baskets, which allow them to perform… Read More

The honey bee QUEEN

the honey bee queen

Is the honey bee queen really royalty? Is she the one that rules? Will see. Some say the queen is the most important member in the hive. The truth is that, just like in our human business companies, nobody is irreplaceable! And neither is the queen in that perfectly organized, feminine society of a hive. How many queens are there in a hive? There is only one queen in a colony. At a time. With the exception of the short periods during swarming… Read More

The jobs of a bee. What is the life of a bee?

tired working bee cartoon

To find out which are the jobs of a bee, we should first understand what is the life of a bee. It sounds rather strange to talk about “jobs” when coming to an insect, but this is exactly what it is. A job, or better put “an extended job” because it identifies with the entire lifetime. Honey bees belong to the order HYMENOPTERA (from Greek: υμην= a membrane; πτερον= wing). In this order there are also wasps, saw-flies etc. Their characteristic is… Read More

Honey in the Koran

honey in the koran

Muslims respect bees for their intelligence, industry and creativity. In the Koran there is an entire chapter, entitled “The Bee”, which states (16:67 – 16:69): “And of the fruits of the palms and the grapes – you obtain from them intoxication and goodly provision; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who ponder. And your Lord revealed to the bee saying: Make hives in the mountains and in the trees and in what they build. Then eat… Read More

Honey in the Bible

honey in the bible

It is said that the word honey is mentioned 61 times in the Bible. It was impossible for me to count, but there are plenty of people who did that.  After researching the subject, here are the important occasions where honey appears. It represents: Abundance: We have all heard of the land where honey and milk flow. It’s a  proverbial metaphor, expressing abundance, Hebrews were using when referring to Palestine. This reference is repeated twenty-one times in the Bible. The LORD said, I… Read More

Bee venom for therapy: general information

general info on bee venom for therapy

Since ancient times, people knew about the healing properties of a bee sting. Painful and healing, just like Eros’ arrows of love, painful but ultimately pleasant. Bee venom was probably one of the first natural cure for arthritis. Apitherapy was used in ancient civilization of China, India, Egypt, Babylon and Greece. We still wander if beekeeping appeared because of the healing stings of the bees, or because of the sweetness of honey.  A little history – Among the earliest books… Read More

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