Hug a Hive!
Contrary to popular belief, honeybees do not build an external structure that contains their hive. They love to live in hollow spaces, whether that means a hollow tree, an empty fallen log, or in a traditional beekeeper's hive.
They do, however, build the inside of their hive. Honeybees make their own special wax (beeswax), which they use to create perfect little hexagons inside their home. These little cubbyholes are called cells, and in them, the bees store everything from eggs, to pollen, to honey.
To seal their hive and to protect against diseases, the bees make a substance called propolis. Propolis is a combination of beeswax, honey, and tree resins, and is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. It disinfects and protects their hive. It is also very sticky, and honeybees love to use it to seal up any cracks or holes they may encounter on a housekeeping mission.
With such a large population all working together, some great communication skills are needed. Bees do their talking in two ways - by scent and by dancing. A happy bee pheromone (scent) smells suspiciously like lemons, and a warning-smell has a banana-like scent.
When a forager bee needs to alert her sisters as to where a nectar source is, dancing comes in handy. She does special turns and wiggles to show where she found the food - essentially drawing a map.
Adopt a hive today! Donors will receive a free jar of honey from our 2021 harvest and a sticker to proudly display! (Honey available in December 2021).
A tax receipt will be issued for the donation amount.