Honey bees need our help. One way we as beekeepers can help is to know as much as we can about managing honey bees. Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms in central Illinois. Beekeeping is awesome! It’s just a hoot. Not only are honey bees essential for the pollination of our fruits and vegetables, but the agricultural benefit of honey bees tops 9 billion a year. In other words, it would cost the United States 9 billion a year to do the work bees do to help us produce food.
While it is true that honey bees have more challenges today, it is not a time to abandon beekeeping. In fact, just the opposite. We need more and more people to start keeping honey bees so that we can restore the population of honey bees needed to support our food supply.
Honey bees deserve knowledgeable beekeepers. Some people don’t keep bees, they just have bees. They are called bee-havers, not beekeepers. Keeping bees today is rewarding, enjoyable and beneficial. But it does require more knowledge and management skills than it did 30 years ago. That’s why we offer our Basic Beekeeping classes to all new beekeepers. We still have several openings for our October 25th Basic Beekeeping course.
How much do you know about honey bees? The more you know, the better you can care for your bees. I decided it would be fun, educational and revealing to offer a test on honey bees and beekeeping. Take the test and see how much you know. The answers to the questions are located on our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com on the front page under number 21. Looking at the answers will help you know more about the honey bee and beekeeping. Ready? Here’s 20 questions and good luck.
1. Over time, with continuous use, the diameter of brood cells become larger in size. a. True b. False
2. Canola honey crystallizes soon after being extracted. a. True b. False
3. Oxalic acid, used as a mite treatment, is legal in the United States. a. True b. False
4. Mature small hive beetles, when fed well, are able to live: a. 1 month b. 3 months c. 6 months d. 9 months
5. Beeswax melts at: a. 120 (f) b. 132 (f) c. 145 (f) d. 170 (f)
6. The waggle dance in a colony is used to direct other bees to resources that are located in distances greater than _____ meters from the hive. a. 25 b. 50. c. 100 d. 200
7. Honey is 1 to 1.5 times sweeter than sugar? a. True b. False
8. A colony preparing to swarm will reduce foraging _____ weeks prior to swarming. a. 1 week b. 2 weeks c. 3 weeks
9. Dark colored honey is generally higher in antioxidants and minerals than light colored honey. a. True b. False
10. In a healthy hive the following ration exists: 1 egg to 3 larvae to 6 worker pupae a. True b. False
11. When entering your honey in a honey show at what moisture level will it be disqualified? a. 18.5 b. 18.6 c. 19 d. 19.6
12. To determine whether to fertilize an egg or not, a queen measures the size of a cell (drone or worker) with her: a. Antennae b. compound eyes c. Front legs
13. As a virgin queen ages in the hive, the workers become increasingly more aggressive towards her. a. True b. False
14. In the winter, a colony begins brood production before there is anything to go out and forage for. a. True b. False
15. Varroa mites prefer to reproduce in old brood comb rather than new brood comb. a. True b. False
16. How many subspecies of Apis mellifera ( European Honey Bees) are there in the world? a. 16 b. 23 c. 26. 42
17. It is easier to introduce a new queen during a nectar dearth than during a heavy nectar flow. a. True b. False
18. European foulbrood spores remain viable in brood combs for many years. a. True b. False
19. In a healthy colony about _____ of the total comb is drone comb. a. 10% b. 3-7% c. 13-17% d. 21%
20. A worker honey bee has ______ ovarioles in the ovaries. a. none b. 2-12 c. 28-50 d. 100-115
The answers to the above questions are located on our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com on the front page number 21. Looking at the answers will help you know more about the honey bee and beekeeping.
Before I go, let me issue a warning that now is a VERY CRITICAL time to prepare your bees for winter. There is still time to deal with mites. There is still time to feed your bees. If you are planning on doing nothing there is a good chance your bees will not survive winter. Our Burns Bees Feeding System is a great way to build up your colony for winter. My daughters, Karee and Jennifer make the protein/sugar patties and the bees absolutely love these! You can purchase extra patties, because if your bees are like mine right now, they are very much in need of food. Our Burns Bees Feeding System allows you to feed your bees both patties and 2:1 sugar water. The lid is provided with the holes already punched. I’ve noticed it in some of my hives and other beekeepers are reporting that now bees are rapidly consuming their stored resources. Feed Your Bees!!
Look at this Winter-Bee-Kind test we ran last week to test our mixture. Wow! Bees are loving it. We continue to receive calls daily from new customers and beekeepers re-ordering more of our Winter-Bee-Kind candy boards. These provide upper insulation, ventilation and the important upper exit and entrance. For several years we have sold these and the impact these have on helping bees not starve in the winter is awesome. Click here to watch our video on how they work.
We look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call with all your beekeeping needs. Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm and on Friday 10am – Noon. 217-427-2678.
See you next time,
David & Sheri Burns