Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Bees transfer pollen between the male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.
If the queen bee dies, workers will create a new queen by selecting a young larva (the newly hatched baby insects) and feeding it a special food called “royal jelly“. This enables the larva to develop into a fertile queen
Each bee has 170 odorant receptors, which means they have one serious sense of smell! They use this to communicate within the hive and to recognise different types of flowers when looking for food.
To share information about the best food sources, they perform their ‘waggle dance’. When the worker returns to the hive, it moves in a figure-of-eight and waggles its body to indicate the direction of the food source.
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The South African Bee Industry Organization or more commonly known as SABIO is a voluntary beekeeping association operating in terms of its Constitution.
It has a Board comprising members elected to run the organisation and to represent its interests to government and other stakeholders in the agricultural and trade industries.Visit their website
Being part of the Northerns Beekeeping Association is like joining a large caring family. Experienced members freely share their knowledge and ideas to help new and aspiring beekeepers to become more confident and successful in their hobby. The WhatsApp group is an especially valuable tool as photos can even be sent from the apiary site if help or assistance is needed. More often than not, advice is received while still infield.
I have just joined as a new member and enjoyed my first general meeting, Great bunch of knowledgeable and experienced people. I look forward to our next meeting, third Saturday of each month at Silverton Rugby Club.
The Northerns Beekeeping Association (NBA) is a provincial beekeeping body that supports and promotes all aspects pertaining to professional beekeeping within the Northern areas of Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and surrounds of South Africa.
The association engages in, and collaborates with, all partners and relevant stakeholders in activities that advance relevant research, sound beekeeping initiatives and projects, beekeeper training, skills development and support.More about us