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November 29, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 123

Honey bees are a fascinating insect that have been cultivated and used by humans for centuries. There are many passages in the bible that talk about honey. Even before the bible, Egyptian tombs and pyramids would have traces of honey, propoplis, and bee pollen. Bee by-products have been beneficial to human health for many years.

But, what is it about these fascinating creatures that differentiate them from other wasps and insects.

The honey bee, also known as the Apis Mellifera, is a species of insects that have a fascinating chain of command and social system. It all starts with an egg, that the Queen places into a clean brood cell. These cells contain nutrients that the egg needs to further develop.

However, young bees are not alone, and there are nurse bees who tend to these younger ones, and feed them. The young worker bees develop very fast, and start to cocoon themselves for their final metamorphosis into an adult.

Worker bees have jaws that bite inward, special smell sensors, eyes that can detect ultraviolet rays. It is these senses that allow bees to move in the darkness of the hive.

Once the worker has hatched she begins to work immediately. In one hive, there are about 30 000 worker bees, about 500 - 2000 drones, and one ruling Queen bee.

Once the worker hatches from her cocoon, she cleans the cocoon, and reseals it. For about three weeks she helps around in the hive, tending to other young eggs that are in the cells. On the third week, she takes her first test flight at the entrance of the hive. Once this flight is successful, she becomes a guard for the hive.

The worker also helps her older sisters in repairing damaged cells, pack pollen in cells for the young ones, and ripening nectar in special cells.

The colony of bees is constantly buzzing 24 hours/ 7 days a week.

In wild hives, once a colony becomes too crowded, the current queen, and a bunch of worker bees fly out and start a new hive. In domesticate hives, the beekeeper usually replaces the old queen with younger queen, so that the colony stays strong and doesn't split.

Queen bees start their life similar to worker bees. Worker bees and queen bees come from the same egg. However, the only difference is that eggs in the royal cells are fed royal jelly, which makes the bees turn into Queen bees. There are usually 2 to 3 queen bees "made" when the old queen has died or is not laying enough eggs for the hive. Once one of these queen bees hatch, the new young queen will fight with the old one, until the older queen is sufficiently weak.

All the while the worker bees are watching intently and once they know the victor, that sting and kill the weaker queen bee.

All that is left now is for the new queen to mate with the drones. Once this mating ritual is finished, the queen can lay eggs for the rest of her life, which is about 5 - 6 years. Very long in bee years. The average life span of a worker is about 45 days.

Bees are a fascinating species, and the more you learn about them, the more you can appreciate the honey, bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly can do for you.

To learn more about the amazing properties of bee pollen visit my page on: Amazing Properties of Bee Pollen.

Health, Fitness and Wellness Expert Lang Know uses his experience with bee pollen supplements to help others who want to learn more about this natural wonderful supplement.

Now, he's revealing his top secrets to improving health with bee pollen, so you too can benefit from an increase in energy, and live longer. Go to and let Lang show you step-by-step, how bee pollen can help improve your health!

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