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We’ve been hearing about the importance of bees for years, but how much do you actually know about these special pollinators? Kids are afraid of them, scientists are studying them, and everyone loves their honey. So how does a beehive work, what are the different types of bees, and how do you get into beekeeping yourself?

Keep reading to find out!

Worker Bee

Beekeeping 101

Beekeeping Basics

Before you start your beekeeping journey, you should have a basic understanding of bees and how to manage them. Start with Bee Anatomy 101, and then Beehives 101.

Next, learn about how to attract bees to help the pollination of your garden or orchard. Then, inform yourself on exactly why bees are so necessary in nature so you can safeguard their future, too.

You should also be informed about how bees and their environment works. Here are some more helpful informational posts to get you started on your journey:

Bee Roles

If you’ve heard the saying busy as a bee, then you probably know that a beehive is a well organized ecosystem where every individual has a role to play. But what exactly are those roles? Check out these profile posts to find out!

Worker Bees and Queen

Bee Species

Just like there are many varieties of flowers in the world, there are many types of bee species out there. That means each bee type has its own origin and care guidelines that are important for beekeepers to follow. If you already know what kind of bees you want to keep, find your type here.

But if you’re just curious about the kinds of bees out there, check out all their interesting facts!

Beekeeping Gear

Looking to start your own beekeeping adventure? Then take a look at our suggestions for the best products to guarantee your success.

Cute and Useful Honey Spoons
Best Bee Frames For Beginning Beekeepers
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Best Bee Suits For Backyard Beekeepers
Best Beekeeping Hat and Veil

Beekeeping FAQs

How often should a beekeeper inspect their hives?

Beekeepers should inspect their hives about once every 7 to 10 days during the active season to ensure the colony’s health.

What plants are beneficial for bees?

Bees benefit from a variety of plants, including those that produce nectar and pollen such as clover, sunflowers, lavender, and bee balm.

How much honey does a typical hive produce in a year?

A typical beehive can produce anywhere from 20 to 60 pounds of honey in a year, depending on various factors like the health of the colony and availability of nectar sources.

What are the primary threats to bees?

Bees face several threats including pesticides, habitat loss, parasites like the Varroa mite, and diseases like Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

An Important Pollinator

Didn’t find the answers you were looking for? Check back often, because we are always updating our information and care guides for you. In the meantime, take a look at some of bees’ favorite snacks: