Bees typically live and raise their young in an enclosed or sheltered structure. Man-made bee hives are in or part of an apiary. Beehives can be found in many places such as in a hollow tree or a simple empty box. They usually create hives in at least a 20”x16”x9” space.
Beehives are made of several honeycomb rows that are made out of beeswax. These honeycombs hold the nectar, honey, pollen, brood (eggs, larvae, pupae) and young bees. Each beehive is coated with propolis (a resinous substance that protects the hive), which comprises of unique anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. After the queen bee lays her eggs (usually starting at the lower comb), the worker bees fill the honeycomb cells around the brood with pollen to feed the larvae. The nectar and honey is then stored in the combs above the brood. As the queen moves up the honeycomb layers to lay her eggs, the honey and nectar storage moves up as well.
Benefits of Aquaponics
- Pollinates flowers and plants
- Helps plants thrive, as well as livestock that are dependent upon bee-pollinated forage plants, such as clover
- Provides healthy sweeteners
- Enables us to eat beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots and hundreds of other vegetables, oilseeds and fruits.
- Produces organic honey that can be sold
- Job and business opportunities