On Friday, 7th December, we spent an evening discovering the world of the honey bees with David King and Bagherra from the Norfolk Bee Keepers Association. Please see the Cubs Media page for photos.
As well as learning about pollination, the bee lifecycle and bee types, pest and diseases and about how to help bees and other insects, the Cubs got to participate in an inspection of a bee hive (without the bees!) and to make rolled beeswax candles.
Remember to sow your seeds for your insectary as soon as it starts to get a bit warmer in the spring! – Bagheera
Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of beecolonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. Most such bees are honey bees in the genus Apis, but other honey-producing bees such as Meliponastingless bees are also kept. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honeyand other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, flower pollen, bee pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or “bee yard.”