(May 2009) I thought keeping honey bees would be boring! But when my Dad installed his first hive, I became interested in bees.
Hi. I'm Levi and I'm 11 years old. This is a page dedicated to Levi's Honey Bees.
My favorite bee is the worker bee. I really admire the way they work so hard.
I think the best looking bee is the drone because I like their big eyes.
The most fascinating bee of all is the Queen bee. She lays approximately 2,000 eggs per day!
I was kind of hesitant about keeping my own bees because Dad's first hive of bees flew away. He forgot to put the queen excluder on. I thought, "What if my bees fly away like his?"
Note from Dad...There are several possibilities for why they absconded (abandoned the hive). It is not likely that it is CCD because THAT is typically a commercial bee keepers phenomenon. It probably was not caused by CCD.
Another possibility is that some races of honey bees abscond more readily than others. For example, the Italian's and the Caucasian races swarm at a much lower rate than the African Bee. The African Bee absconds more easily than any other race. It was probably not because of the race of the bee that I was working with because I have Italian's (most popular and easily managed).
It was likely due to the way in which I was attempting to start my colony (a package of bees). The makeup of a package of bees is such that, all the bees and the queen in the package were gathered from a number of different colonies in the suppliers apiary. Because the bees didn't know each other, and the queen pheromone (chemical substance used to create harmony in the hive) did not have enough time to unite the bees into a cohesive colony, they left to find their original colony. This happens from time to time when one tries to start a colony from a package of bees, it's part of the risks associated with starting a hive in this manner.
By the time I told him that I was hesitant to keep my own bees... it was too late. He had already ordered the bees!
In fact, just yesterday I checked them and they were eating the queen out of her cage.
Come back and I'll keep you updated on my hive.
Levi Shares the latest about his colony!
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Bee removals are extremely rewarding.
Not only is the beekeeper providing a service to the resident, but he/she is also saving bees and building up their apiary. An added benefit is the genetic diversity gained through the introduction of potential feral colonies.
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