We've been doing a beekeeping course with Chesterfield and District Beekeeping Association. It involved two days of theory, and five visits to various apiaries to handle the bees and get some experience.
Bees are fascinating. A few interesting facts:
- They wear out, rather than get old. Bees in summer doing lots of flying only live about 6 weeks, in Winter when they stay indoors those same bees can live six months.
- Drone bees are freeloaders, they get kicked out of the hive at the end of the year
- Whilst the Queen Bee does run the hive- the workers can revolt, off her and raise a new queen, if they feel like it.