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13 Things You May Not Know About Our Honey Bees

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

1. We support a total of 8 hives on our property here at Island Grove Wine Company Formosa Gardens. The bees are free to fly around collecting pollen from our gardens and many others within a 6 mile radius from their hive on our grounds. That's not a rule we talked over with them, that's just the farthest bees will fly from their home.

2. The langstroth box hives we use most closely mimic a bee's natural habitat. Basically they're staying in a 5 star hotel with us; especially since all the fruitful flowers of our vineyard and gardens flourish right in their backyard.

3. The word "brood" is used to describe the bee's young in all forms from eggs to larvae to pupae. A brood of bees has such a nice ring to it doesn't it? Sounds much better than a swarm of bees to me.

4. Once bees are fully developed they are put straight to work. Their first job is to become a "nurse bee" meaning they look after the brood. As Bill our bee keeper put it; the babies are the babysitters.

5. Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing. Come in to the winery and see how by taking a look at our observation hive.

6. Male honey bees (also called drones), are noticeably larger than the females, have no stinger and do no work; all they do is mate. Not a bad life for a bee. I think we all know at least one human living a similar lif