Psalms from the Hive 

by Jeannie Saum

Okay, I’m hooked

Got bees on the brain

Too many facts

To fill one day.

Just keep spewing

To students, family, friends.

How much is there?

Will it ever end?

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

After two days of reading Beekeeping for Dummies I feel like an expert on bees.  I can’t help spewing facts to everyone around.  And I am really scaring myself.  I start looking for more information online and in books.  Yikes! I think I am hooked!

Meanwhile, Steve and the Dotsons start talking about ordering hives and bees.  Sounds like this reverie is going to become reality – rats!

I just can’t resist:  here’s some facts:

Honey bee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax.. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.

 Life cycle

… a colony generally contains one queen bee, a fertile female; seasonally up to a few thousand drone bees or fertile males;[8] and a large seasonally variable population of sterile female worker bees. … common features include:A queen bee: a coloured dot, is added to assist the beekeeper in identifying the queen.

A queen bee: a coloured dot, is added to   assist the beekeeper in identifying the queen.
Drone pupae
Drone pupae

1. Eggs are laid singly in a cell in a wax honeycomb, produced and shaped by the worker bees. Using her spermatheca, the queen actually can choose to fertilize the egg she is laying, usually depending on what cell she is laying in. Drones develop from unfertilised eggs and are haploid, while females (queens and worker bees) develop from fertilised eggs and are diploid. Larvae are initially fed with royal jelly produced by worker bees, later switching to honey and pollen. The exception is a larva fed solely on royal jelly, which will develop into a queen bee. The larva undergoes several moltings before spinning a cocoon within the cell, and pupating.

eggs and larva in comb
eggs and larva in comb

2. Young worker bees clean the hive and feed the larvae. When their royal jelly producing glands begin to atrophy, they begin building comb cells. They progress to other within-colony tasks as they become older, such as receiving nectar and pollen from foragers, and guarding the hive. Later still, a worker takes her first orientation flights and finally leaves the hive and typically spends the remainder of her life as a forager.

3. Worker bees cooperate to find food and use a pattern of “dancing” (known as the bee dance or waggle dance) to communicate information regarding resources with each other; this dance varies from species to species, but all living species of Apis exhibit some form of the behavior. If the resources are very close to the hive, they may also exhibit a less specific dance commonly known as the “Round Dance”.

4. Honey bees also perform tremble dances, which recruit receiver bees to collect nectar from returning foragers.

5. Virgin queens go on mating flights away from their home colony, and mate with multiple drones before returning. The drones die in the act of mating.

3 Castes of Bees

queenWorkerDrone

worker, drone queen
worker, drone queen

 Psalm 98

4 Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!

 5 Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song,

 6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!

 7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in.

8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy

9 before the LORD. For the LORD is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.

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