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Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2017 at 3:25 AM


BEE PROJECT REPORT BY: sebastian christofis




Hey everyone :D

Danaus here and i'm goanna tell you some bee stuff. A while ago on the 16th of May 2017, Mum and I went to Super Bee Honey World it was a "sweet" experience


Here is my report:


Before we went in for the show, mum and I were tasting the different kinds of honey. The one I liked the best was the honey-lemon one. It was very nice.


It tasted like lemon but a sweeter version. Usually things that have lemon in them give you a sharp tangy feeling to the tongue, but this honey didn't. The colour and flavour of honey depends on the nectar source (Blossoms) visited by the honey bees. Did you know that there are more than 300 unique types of honey available in the United States, each originating from a different flower source?


When it was time for the show the beekeeper, who was wearing his bee suit, took us in himself. First we came to a dark room that smelled of honey and the beekeeper was explaining how bees work in the dark. Suddenly the room lit up and I saw that it was filled with bees. They were'nt flying all over the place of though, they were in hives that had glass windows so you can see in.

One was empty because they hadn't "put down roots" (as in they hadn't gotten a proper foundation) and had died out. One had a brood comb so we could see how they took care of their young and another had beautiful bit of honey comb and also seemed to be storing bee bread. In two hives I saw a queen laying eggs.

The beekeeper said that you can spot the queen

because she is always surrounded by a circle of young female bees that groom her when she rests and feed her royal jelly when she wants food.When she is on the move the other bees give way to her.

A happy queen means a happy hive and an angry queen means an angry hive. The beekeeper said (in theory) that bees don't like blue because some bees attacked workers who were wearing blue. I saw a bee on the floor of the room and the beekeeper said that her seven weeks of life were probably up. Another bee escaped and my mother was scared it would sting her.

Did you know that Queen bees can live up to 7 years, that she lays at least 2000 eggs per day, and did you know the shake dance encourages these non-foragers to make their way to the waggle dance* floor? Finally, workers do the "tremble" dance when foragers have brought so much nectar back to the hive that more bees are needed to process the nectar into honey.

When we went out to where the outside hives were, there was a hive of native bees with a hive of european honey bees next to it.

The beekeeper said The european honey bees steal some of the native bees honey, I think he said, when weather becomes colder. There were three hives displayed which the beekeeper used as a demonstration for the show.We were the only people at the show so it was much more educational for the both of us and one on one. Out of the hives there was 1 friendly one, 1 angry one and 1 in between. The beekeeper opened one of the hives and showed us resting worker bees. Because they never sleep, they rest in empty brood combs or they would become overworked too quickly and die early.

On that day I learned that a lot of the information that I thought I knew about bees was wrong. I learned that the smoke doesn't make bees docile like I always thought. It makes them agitated and they go straight for the necter leaving the top-most part of the hive empty which makes it easier for the beekeeper to rob the hive. Mum said it was like their version of a go bag. The reason the bees do this is because smoke means fire, and fire will destroy their home. They soak up all the nectar they can as they use it to make wax which will help them make a new hive. Also robbing the hive is good because if there is to much honey they will swarm and take honey with them so you end up losing half the hive and half the honey/nectar.


Bee keepers put a hive mat just under the top of the hive to discourage them from building. Bees in their life cycle have a building phase. Before bees go out to the field they memorise the entrance of the hive, so when they come back to the hive from the field and the beekeeper happens to be in front of the hive they will hover in front until he/she moves and they recognise their hive.

After we left that area we went to the next room and the beekeeper showed us a poster about different bee stingers.

Queen bees can sting over and over because they have no barbs on their stinger. Worker bees do have barbed stingers, so when they sting mammals (including us) their stinger gets ripped out and they die. With other insects and/or spider or other kind arachnid, they have more of a chance to get their sting out. I learned that raw honey is still edible even after thousands of years, but when it has been heated it has a use-by-date. Heating it makes it becomes unhealthy as it destroys the vitamins and minerals.

Did you know that pollen is a natural source of b12?

Here are some facts on another species of bee. The Killer Bee!

Killer bee's are Hybrids of the docile european honey bees and the aggressive african honey bees, they where created in brazil. Then a replacement bee keeper saw the queen excluders (The Queen excluders are on bee hives to prevent Queens and drone bees from getting out. Which would stop these bees from spreading as they were so agressive) and was baffled by them, he was sure that they where placed there by accident, so he removed them, off every hive! So today many people have died from killer bee attacks.


Here are some facts to shed more light on them:

⦁ They have killed more people from texas and Arizona than anywhere else in America.

⦁ They can adapt to almost every climate and environment.

⦁ They are not choosy about where they live.

⦁ They are slightly smaller than their european parents.

⦁ And the final fact I can give you which is the worst of all is that they are incredibly easy to provoke: Noise, vibration's, smells, and sight can provoke a deadly attack. So far they haven't managed to reach Australia. So if you live there you are safe. For now.



A swarm is a of body of honeybees that emigrate from a hive and fly off together, accompanied by a queen, to start a new colony. European bees swarm in large numbers, but native stingless bees go one at a time to make a new hive. One by one they build up the new hive until it is almost finished and then a virgin queen moves in and the hive is complete.

For native hives that get raided, the chance of getting the Queen is small as she escapes to the bottom of the hive. But thats okay because the new raided hive will make a new Queen and the Queen that escaped can make a new hive as well.

Here is some good advice to those who want to help bees:

Eliminate toxic pesticides from your gardens because they poison the poor bees and they can bring it back to their hive which can go into their honey as well. Which you then eat! And last but not least you can plant more flowers in your garden or flowering herbs.



Thirteen things you probably didn’t know about bees!


⦁ The queen is not the ruler!

Yes that’s right, it’s not the queen that rules the hive. Although she may seem to be the boss, in fact she has a smaller brain than the worker bees and is little more than an egg-laying machine. It’s the other bees that tell her what to do!

⦁ Bees are NOT declining in Australia.

⦁ Bees are in serious decline all over the world, due to a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, or CCD. The likely culprit is the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, which sucks the bees’ blood and spreads disease. We are indeed lucky that Australia is the only continent (excepting Antarctica) to be free of this pest, and our bees are the healthiest in the world!

⦁ Boy bees only mate once!

⦁ Male bees, or more correctly drones, hang out with the other guys at congregational sites waiting for a queen to fly past. In a bizarre form of ‘speed dating’ multiple drones will end up mating with the queen, but as soon as they do it’s all over, because immediately after mating they will die!

⦁ Not everyone loves bees!

⦁ Apiphobia, also known as melissophobia, is an extreme fear of bees or bee stings! For some people, this fear is justified, because roughly 2% of the population are allergic to bee stings, and a single sting means a trip straight to hospital!

⦁ Honey can be toxic!

I’m not referring to the stuff that a big Aussie importer brings in from China! Honey is full of fructose, and fructose malabsorption, formerly known as ‘dietary fructose intolerance’ (or DFI), is a digestive condition in which the normal absorption of fructose is impaired in the small intestine. This disorder was first identified in 1956.

⦁ The bee’s knees.

The expression was coined in the 1920s by an American cartoonist named Tad Dorgan, who also graced the language with such corny epithets as ‘the cat’s pajamas’, ‘the flea’s eyebrows’ and – a real clunker – ‘the canary’s tusks’!

⦁ Crystallised honey has not gone off!

In fact, honey is the only natural food for us humans that does not have a shelf life!

⦁ Bees’ wings stroke faster than the engine of a Ferrari!

The buzz that you hear when a bee approaches is the sound of its four wings moving at around 11,400 strokes per minute. Bees can fly an average of 15 miles per hour.

⦁ Bees are working class critters with a variety of occupations, including undertakers!

Worker bees have strictly regimented roles. Some fulfil the function of undertakers; dragging their dead siblings from the hive.

⦁ Bees can recognise a human face!

⦁ If you do suffer from apiphobia, don’t be too hasty to swat that bee! A honey bee brain has just a million neurons, compared with the 100 billion in a human brain. But researchers report that bees can recognise faces, and they even do so in the same way we do.

⦁ Honey bees are aware the world is round and can calculate angles!


* Scientists have worked out that the bees’ waggle dance is all about transmitting precise spatial information regarding the location of foraging sites!


⦁ Honey is the only food that includes all the ingredients necessary to sustain life!

Honey incorporates enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water – and it’s the only food to contain pinocembrin, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning, and with the potential to treat a variety of diseases.

⦁ The bee’s brain is about the size of a sesame seed!

Yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations based upon distance and direction!

Small print: This information if from bens bees on facebook.


In conclusion: I find it fascinating how bees are so organized and useful:

⦁ Bees pollinate our crops.

⦁ Make honey one of the most delicious, healthy, long lasting foods on earth.

⦁ Bee venom is given as a shot for rheumatoid arthritis, nerve pain (neuralgia), multiple sclerosis (MS), reducing the reaction to bee stings in people who are allergic (desensitization) to them (venom immunotherapy), swollen tendons (tendonitis), and muscle conditions such as fibromyositis and enthesitis.

⦁ Royal jelly is used for asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, sleep troubles (insomnia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ulcers, and high cholesterol.

⦁ Beeswax which we use for candals that don't pollute the air.








If you are thinking about getting any-kind of bee for honey I recomend native australian stingless bees and to learn about them I also recommend Tim Heards book; The Australian Native Bee Book.(See below) I've bought this book as well so thats why I can recommend it to you.\

It is just amazing and so hard to find words for how amazing I think bees are.

And soon Elle cook and I will bee getting our own native bees stay tuned for the next wam factor and follow us on facebook and why not comment and tell us if you like this.

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