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All about honey bees

The honey bees, which are part of the hymenoptera order, are extremely useful insects for human kind. The honey bees give us , honey, royal jelly , wax , propolis and other bee products. There are four different species of bees: Apis florea (it lives in South-East Asia), Apis Cerana (it lives in East Asia, North Korea and Japan), Apis dorsata (it lives in South-East Asia) and Apis Melifera (it lives in Europe, Africa, North America and West Asia).

The honey bees are extremely cooperative insects and they have a perfect organization within the hive. A typical hive has around several thousand working bees, a few hundred drones and a queen bee.

The honey bees are colored in yellow and black to warn the possible predators or honey thieves that they own a weapon which sometimes can be deadly. This weapon is a modified egg deposit tube which contains a venom producing gland, position in the lower abdomen. Since the bee needle is in fact a permutated female bee organ, the males cannot sting. When the hive is attacked, the bees come out in swarms and they sting and thus the enemy is cast away.

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The honey bees are the main pollinators of our planet. The honey beesleave the hive in search for nectar; they fly from one flower to another, thus transporting the pollen laid on their body covered with tiny hairs. This is how bees pollinate flowers and other plants. The pollination makes crops richer and for this reason farmers all over the world highly appreciate bees. There are plants that cannot fructify in the absence of bee pollination.




Bee products

Bee pollen Whenever someone hears the word honeybees, he/she automatically thinks at honey. But the hive has more treasures within it. Take for example the propolis - a miraculous substance that heals and cures lots of health problems. Amazing hive products are also the pollen, the royal jelly and the bees' wax. They all have healing properties and function as food supplement as well. They are a healthy alternative to many industrial and chemical products used to produce medicines, cosmetics and food.
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Honey varieties

Acacia Honey Most people have heard and/or have used polyfloral honey, acacia honey, lime flower honey and forest honey. There are few people who ask and want to buy sunflower honey, orange or mustard honey. You can find out more about less common honey types and their qualities by accessing the following link. Types of honey









Honey and diets

Is honey fattening?

A myth or a fact: is honey fattening?
In world more and more obsessed with the idea of a perfect body people are willingly to do almost everything to look like a top fashion model. Young and not so young people adopt a very unhealthy diet in the hope of obtaining to so much dreamt look. The yo-yo diets are so popular, even though most people are aware of their side-effects and ephemeral success.

Losing weight
However, there is a much simpler way of losing the extra pounds that are a real nightmare for lots of people. The solution we propose is not only for the very rich and does not imply the spending of thousands of dollars on unheard herbs and miraculous potions. Our solution to weigh problems is honey.

Believe it or not, in spite of its sweetness, honey can help you lose weight and stay in shape. A balanced diet, which includes a daily rate of 20/30 grams of honey will make look and feel better. For more information follow
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Interesting facts

Flower Field The world of honeybees means more than just honey, hive and stings. Almost everything in nature is somehow connected to this tiny insect, respected in all cultures and religions of the world. There are so many interesting facts about honeybees that in order to present them all, one would need thousands and thousands of web pages. Their world is so complex that one would need not one but several lives in order to understand it completely. Honey bees have not revealed all their secretes yet. Pollination, Paraffine wax , Plant pollinators aare all somehow related to the world of bees.




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Allergy

Season Allergy Lots of people nowadays suffer from an allergy of some sort. Honey and the adjacent hive products can trigger powerful allergic reaction that can have very unpleasant consequences. Lots of people consider spring a nightmarish period due to their pollen allergy, while others have to constantly check the ingredients of their food and cosmetic products because of their honey allergy, royal jelly allergy, propolis or bees-wax allergic reaction. If you want to find more about these specific types of allergies follow the link: Pollen allergy



Benefits of bee products

Raw honey, which has not been processed, pasteurized or filtered, taken directly from the hive, is a genuine treasure with amazing healing effects. Honey and the other bee products contain lots of vitamins and minerals, which make them very powerful medicines that can be used to cure internal organs as well as external health conditions. The benefits of honey, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly and bees' wax for human health are amazing and it is a pity that only a few are aware of them. Read more about the amazing benefits of bee products here...,

Benefits of bee products
Benefits of honey
Benefits of propolis
Beeswax benefits
Benefits of bee pollen




Pests and diseases

Like all creatures living on Earth, honey bees suffer from various pests and diseases that can threaten weaken and even bring death upon an entire apiary. Varroa destructor, the American and European Foulbrood are bee diseases feared by beekeepers round the world. Mysterious diseases like the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus of the Colony Collapse Disorder are decimating bee colonies on all continents. Find out more about bees' pests and diseases here..,
Honey bee diseases
American Foulbrood
Chalkbrood
Colony Collapse Disorder
Varroa mite

How To Be a Beekeeper

Beekeeping Beekeeping is more than a simple hobby it is a way of life. The world of bees is a very complex one and it cannot be understood but through direct observation and a lot of studying. You cannot become a beekeeper overnight. You cannot produce tones of honey if you do not have the necessary experience. The saying- "Learn, learn and learn again"- is perfect to describe the work of a beekeeper. In the following chapters, the ones who want to start their long journey within the world of bees will find useful information and advice.

How to start beekeeping?
How to be a beekeeper?
Basic beekeeping questions




Bee removal

Bees Bee removal is necessary especially when the honey bees, hornets or yellow jackets have built their nests inside house walls, attics and even chimneys. In these cases it is advisable to call a bee removal company which will remove these insects professionally without causing them too much harm. Find more about how to remove bees from various areas here.


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Bee removal from walls
Bee removal from trees
Bee removal from chimney



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