FAQ'S

PARADIS HONEY LTD. To produce honey and beeswax “as the bees made it”.
FAQ's About Our Bees and Bee Made Products

 

How many different bees are there?

 

The Queen Bee: usually only one per hive is the only female bee to have fully functional ovaries and can lay up to 2000 eggs per day at a rate of 5-6 per minute during a hives build up period, usually in spring. She will lay about 1000 -1500 per day during the honey production season to maintain a hives numbers, replacing those bees who have died. Between 175000-200000 eggs are laid each year. A queen bee usually lives from two to four years but we have seen queens that are five years old. They lose their ability to maintain the hive numbers after a while so many beekeepers replace them every year or two. Sometimes the hive does this as well when they sense the queen is losing her ability to lay sufficient eggs. They do this by smell. A queen releases pheromones throughout her life which the bees use to identify their queen and hive as well as the state of the queen's health. They don't always get it right but neither do we.

 

The Worker Bee: female bees that do the actual work in the hive, from housekeeping and nursing of young brood in the early stages of life to field bees who collect the nectar, which is turned into honey, pollen to use as a protein source in their food and tree sap among other components which they turn into propolis. Propolis is used as a "glue" to seal the hive and it also has disinfectant and antibacterial qualities which help's the hive maintain a nearly sterile environment. The worker bees also collect water for the hive. A worker bee lives for about 42 days or six weeks during the build up and honey flow seasons but the bees born in fall seem to have a different biology which allows them to live through the winter to start the early spring build up of the hive.

 

The Drone: the male bees in the hive which are the only stingless bee in the hive is there only for breeding purposes for future queens although they also seem to add to the general morale of the hive and can be an indicator of a healthy and "happy" hive. Unfortunately they are also the main breeding ground for the Varroa mite which prefers the drone brood for its breeding cycle since the drone spends the most time as a pupae. The drone bee lives through the summer but is of no value to the hive in winter as there is no queen mating during that time so they are un-ceremonially stung to death or forced from the hive to die in the cold.

 

Why do we need honey bees?

 

The honey bee economic impact is measured in billions of dollars annually, and according to the US Department of Agriculture, pollinate approximately 80% of flowering crops constituting 1/3 of all food eaten by humans.

 

How much honey does a honeybee make?

 

A single worker bee will visit up to a few thousand flowers per day and produces around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its life time while a colony together may visit up to 200,000 flowers per day and can produce 200+ pounds of honey in a single season.

 

How will the products be shipped?

 

We accommodate all order sizes (small or bulk). Shipping is done through Postal Service, Bus Service, Courier, Rail, Truck and by Sea-can.

 

Why is there white "cloudy" film on my beeswax candles?

 

Beeswax will occasionally develop a "bloom" on it's exterior. This is natural and to be expected, especially when stored for long periods of time. Simply use a hair dryer to remove. Beeswax can be stored safely and kept forever.

 

How is bee pollen made?

 

Bee pollen is created by bees from the pollen of the male stamen of flowers. Worker bees collect and transport the pollen granules back to their nest within specially arranged hairs on their hind legs called 'pollen baskets'. Since bee pollen derives from plant origin its chemical composition will vary somewhat depending on plant source, season and geographic location. Approximately 50% of its structure comprises polysaccharides (carbohydrates), followed by 35% amino acids and proteins, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins.

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