Honeyworkers

A collection of images from pollination, bee hives and the honey extraction process. Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege to help my uncle to both feed the bees and extract honey from his hives on a couple of occasions. All I can say is it’s a great experience, until you get a bee in your hood and it decides to sting the end of your nose.

Collecting the frames, is quite the assault on the senses. It could be likened  to the sound of F1 cars in the pit lane. The constant drone of the bees working away in the hive. When the hive is opened up and smoke is blown in to calm them, they go into the main brood and send out a pheromone to protect the queen, the brood  and to take on a much honey as possible. Throughout the process of feeding the bees and collection the frames for honey the bees attack with some vigour. They propel themselves at you, in the hope that they might be able to sting you. It’s a defence mechanism as they see that the hive is under attack. They don’t aim to sting you, as that is the last resort as this will lead to them dying. It’s fascinating to look into their world, a smaller but very productive place.