Did you know?
- The queen bee is the largest in a bee hive and her sole purpose is to reproduce.
- The queen bee is the only one who can lay eggs. She’s also able to lay between 1,500-2,000 eggs a day.
- The queen bee also controls the aggression of the hive.
- For a lavare to become a queen bee she is fed royalty jelly and has a special built for her.
- All worker bees are female.
- Worker bees maintain the hive and have various jobs throughout their life span.
- Some of the working bees jobs include:
- Nursing young worker bees
- Attending to the queen bee
- Guarding the hive
- Collecting Nectar
- Drones are male bees and their sole purpose is to mate with the queen. However, the queen will only mate with 6-8 drones.
- Shortly after a drone mates with a queen bee they die.
- The rejected drones will be kicked out of the hive by the working bees.
What’s the buzz on Sanderling bees?
- In April 2017 we started a hive of Italian Honey Bees. Our Chef selected these specific bees because of their good work ethic and they are known to be less aggressive.
- We currently have about 45,000 bees in one hive!
- The average amount of honey per hive per year is 80-100 pounds of honey. In six months, we have produced 45 pounds of honey!
What is special about our Sanderling honey?
- Here at Sanderling we pride ourselves in our honey because of the unique and original taste. Our bees feed from a Russian olive tree, which gives the honey a vanilla taste and clear amber appearance!
How are they used here at Sanderling?
- Our Chef uses the honey for smoking winter dishes and cheese platters.
- The spa is working with a local company to create a facial balm made of wax.
What to do when you see a swarm of bees?
If you see a swarm of bees it’s best to contact a bee keeper. Throwing objects or pesticides can often provoke bees. There are a huge decline in honey bees so we should try our best to preserve the little creatures who help with our flowers and crops.
If you’re unable to find a local bee keeper check out this link or contact a local farmer to seek additional information.