Welcome to miHoneyBees. We are here to learn together about bees, beekeeping, and anything else.
As beekeepers, we have a responsibility to learn as much as we can about the the bees we care for, and pass the knowledge on to the public.
Are honey bees important?
Many of the world’s most important crop plants are wind–pollinated. These include wheat, rice, corn, rye, barley, oats, soybeans and sorghum, need no insect help at all. Honey bees do collect pollen from them and increase yields, but are not vital for these crops.
Many other crops do require insects. Fruit trees and plants depend on insects. Honey bees, humming birds, butterflies, and other bees and insects are all important.
Should we plant special plants for bees or anything we prefer?
In my opinion. Plant the the flowers, trees, or garden that makes you happy. If you want a cherry tree plant it. The bees will love them.
Is organic honey truly organic?
It is impossible to say. Can the beekeeper control the chemicals used in a 3 mile radius from each of his or her hives? If not, they have no control over what the bees bring home.
As a rule of thumb the foraging area around a beehive extends for two miles (3 km), although bees have been observed foraging twice and three times this distance from the hive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forage_(honey_bee)