In the run up to National Honey Week on 23-29 October, here are some facts you may not know about honeybees:
- One bee makes on average a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- A million flowers will have to be visited to make one pound of honey.
- Bees make honey from nectar gathered from flowers. The sweet, sticky substance is mixed with enzymes in their stomachs and stored in the wax, hexagonal, honeycomb.
- Ivy flowers are one of the only food sources for bees in the autumn, so don’t cut it back.
In a good year, honeybees will make far more honey than they need. Beekeepers take the spare honey, but should make sure more than enough honey is left in the hive, as this is the bees’ food supply, too.
Help the honeybee
The British Beekeepers Association offers an Adopt a Beehive scheme. It costs £36 for one year. In exchange you receive a welcome box of bee-related goodies and updates throughout the year from your beehive and beekeeper. All profits from the scheme are ploughed into environmental and educational projects to help save the honeybee.
mags4dorset in conjunction with BBKA have one Adopt a Beehive set to give away, with the winner receiving a year’s subscription to the scheme, worth £36.
For your chance to win, answer the following question:
How many sides does a hexagonal honeycomb have?
Closing date is 2 November 2017. The first correct answer drawn will be the winner. There is no cash alternative. Employees of Pulford Publicity Ltd are not permitted to enter. The editor’s decision is final.