The Bees' Best... From the Hive to You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

About Us

Thank you for visiting Northumberland Honey!

We are a very small apiary based in beautiful Greenhill, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. We produce pure, lightly filtered honey from the bees to the jar with as little processing as possible. We do not pasteurize our honey so it contains all the enzymes, antioxidants, and flavor that make honey such a wonderful raw food.

Our beekeeper, Scott started out with two small colonies in 2009 and at the end of our season in 2012 we have twenty-one colonies!

 

 

About Our Bees

 

THE COLONY

Honeybees are social insects, with a marked division of labor between the various types of bees in the colony. A colony of honeybees includes one queen, workers and drones.

THE QUEEN

The queen is the only sexually developed female in the hive. She is the largest bee in the colony. A two-day-old larva is selected by the workers to be reared as the queen. She will emerge from her cell 11 days later to mate in flight with approximately 18 drone (male) bees. During this mating, she receives several million sperm cells, which last her entire life span of nearly two years. The queen starts to lay eggs about ten days after mating. A productive queen can lay 3,000 eggs in a single day.

THE DRONES

Drones are stout male bees which have no stingers. Drones do not collect food or pollen from flowers. Their sole purpose is to mate with the queen. If the colony is short on food, drones are often sent out of the hive.

THE WORKERS

Workers, the smallest bees in the colony, are sexually underdeveloped females. A colony can have 50,000 to 60,000 workers. The life span of a worker bee varies according to the time of year. Her life expectancy is approximately 28 to 35 days. Workers that are reared in September and October, however, can live though the winter. Workers feed the queen and larvae, collect nectar, guard the hive entrance and help to keep the hive cool by fanning their wings. In addition, honeybees produce wax combs. The wax combs are composed of hexagonal cells and the walls are only 2/1000 inch thick but support 25 times their own weight.

Honey beesí wings stroke 11, 400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

 

*Courtesy of the National Honey Board  & Canadian Honey Council*

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Stackhouse
Beekeeper
scott@northumberlandhoney.ca
 
 
 
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