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The Buzz Of Flying Is All Around Our Home

by John M. White |

As most of you know we are a flying family.  My wife owns and flies a 1939 J-3 Piper Cub (Yellow, of course!), I fly anything I can get my hands on and my son flies on DC-8s all over the world.  But today we were introduced into a new kind of flying.

You see, my lovely wife has an area on our property we affectionately call "The Gorchard".  This is her garden which consists of raspberries, blue berries, strawberries, tomatoes, apples, grapes, cherries and lots more.  But for the last two years we have suffered from a lack of honey bees.  Click on image to enlarge

But not anymore!  We know have four colonies of bees on our property, with approximately 60,000 bees in each colony!  It is cool to watch their flight paths as they navigate around our seven acres we call "The Cozy Forest".  When the bee keeper was out today to feed the bees, we got an education about these little creatures.  And for any pilot it would be fascinating.

It turns out that bees fly an incredible number of miles during the summer.  The worker honey bees only live about 30 days, but the Queen bee lives for 4-5 years.  Her main purpose in life is to give birth to thousands of worker bees.  The particular bees we have are Italian bees, and are considered amongst the gentler of bees.

As the seasons progress I will keep you up to date and give you more information about these interesting creatures.  In the meantime we hope to stay clear of their landing areas and avoid getting stung!

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


Five Busy Bees

Five busy bees on a lovely spring day.
This one said, "Let's fly away."
This one said "We'll drink some nectar sweet."
This one said, "Let's get pollen on our feet."
This one said "And then we'll make some honey."
This one said "Good thing it's warm and sunny."
So the five busy bees went flying along
Singing a happy honeybee song.

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