what are honeybees

A Little About Bees…

Although honeybees are not native to North America, they have been here for a very long time.  Their presence, along with other pollinators, is essential to our food chain.  Here in New England we can be proud to say this is the first area to have the honeybee introduced by European colonists in the 1600s. For centuries their populations grew and spread through North America.  They flourished in the new world until the early 80s when more and more pests and diseases were beginning to take their toll. Now, a “wild honeybee colony” is a very rare sight.  Any bees you may find living on their own are more than likely from a beekeeper’s hive that swarmed.  These “wild bees” generally don’t last for long.



Bees kept by their human caretakers tend to have higher survivability rates because of the care given them. The bees in beekeeper’s hives live as they would in nature but in manmade homes and with all-natural treatments for pests and diseases. They unknowingly help us while simply gathering pollen, nectar, and water for their hives.  They keep making more and more food reserves.  Generally, far more than they will ever need or use.  That is the honey the beekeeper takes while always leaving the bees more than enough honey..

The first step to becoming a successful beekeeper is to learn as much as you can about the bees themselves. Considering all the variables that may affect your honeybees, you may see something different every time you get into your hive. In order to make appropriate management decisions, beekeepers must be flexible in their ability to figure out why bees are behaving a certain way, and how certain actions may impact their wellbeing.

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