Monday, 20 June 2011

Honey bee on the Heather

Bees love heather and make honey from it that will taste of heather.  This bee came out soon after the rain and I filmed it busy collecting pollen from the plant in the garden.  It moved from flower to flower.  Here is the film and some interesting facts are printed below.

The Worker Bee: It takes 21 days for a worker honeybee to emerge after the laying of an egg. During the height of summer the honey-bee will live a maximum of six weeks. In that time she will learn to: clean and polish cells; nurture the young larvae; produce wax to construct honeycomb. Before leaving the hive to forage she will have 'stood guard' at the hive entrance to ward off other marauding insects, and finally, she will fly to forage for that purest of foods, namely nectar. It is the nectar, with the addition of an enzyme (produced by the bee), which forms the honey we know so well. A Honeybee will forage over a half-mile radius around the hive, and sometimes up to two or more miles. Therefore the immediate 'flora' in the vicinity will determine the flavour, sweetness, aroma, colour and viscosity of the honey.