Welcome to the world of Bees

Welcome to the world of honeybees – the tiny noble insects, the cleverest chemist, God’s pharmacy, man’s best friends and the saviour of the planet. Life is practically is impossible without honeybees. Why & how? Plants and animals are the sources of food for man but most plants cannot produce fruits without the pollination services of the honeybees. In the absence of pollination to which honeybees make 80% contribution, trees, shrubs and crops would die out, thus putting the lives of man and animals in peril. In other words, plants are the foundation of food web. The indispensable roles of honeybees to agriculture also make them the bedrock of economic development, livelihoods, food security, nutrition and healthcare. Unfortunately, honeybees are endangered by yearly bee hunting expedition and unabated deforestation in rural Nigeria. The bee hunters destroy bee colonies with fire in order to have access to honeycombs. The poor rural people also cut trees that provide natural habitat for honeybees to use as firewood, which remains the biggest source of energy for cooking in Nigeria despite her huge gas resources. Bee Conservation Project is committed to preserving endangered honeybees through development of modern beekeeping in order to ensure continuity of life not just in Nigeria but worldwide.

What people are saying about bee

“Keep bees, if you want to live long. Beekeepers live longer than anyone else”

John Anderson
Professor of Beekeeping University of Aberdeen

“The bee is a magic well, the more you draw from it, the more there is to be drawn”

Professor Karl Von Frisch
German Zoologist & Nobel Laureate.

What You May Not Know About Honeybees

  1. Honeybees may fly 15 kilometers in search of food.
  2. Honeybees normally go about 150 meters in pursuit of enemies
  3. Honeybees rarely fly backwards
  4. Queen bee does not lose her sting
  5. Drone bees does not have sting
  6. Worker honeybees lose their stingers once an enemy is stung. In fact, this busy folks die shortly after losing their stingers.
  7. In summer, Queen Bee lays between 1500-2000 eggs daily.
  8. The worker bee only lives for about six weeks while the queen bee may live for 4-6 years.
  9. Honeybee eats about 9 kilograms of honey to be able to produce about 500 grams of beeswax
  10. Each worker honeybee can pollinate 18,000 flowers per day
  11. A honeycomb has walls that are 0.3 millimeter thick but can support 30 times its weight
  12. A strong healthy colony can contain between 70,000 and 100,000 bees Worker honeybees visit 2 million flowers to make one pound (400 grams) of honey
  13. Worker honeybees can overthrow the queen bee through a process tantamount to a coup
  14. Honeybees in a colony identify themselves by odour
  15. Flying honeybee cruise at about 25 kilometres per hour
  16. Honeybee comb has about 100,000 cells, which serve as both storage facility and as cradles to nurse developing bees to maturity.
  17. The forage zone of honeybee colony spans about 100 km2
  18. The honeybees maintain uniform temperature inside the hive irrespective of atmospheric temperature.
  19. Queen bee only mate once in her life time. Yet, she lays average of 1,500 eggs per day for 4 – 6 years.

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