Are Bees Twice As Hungry?

So, some folks may not know that honey bees have two (2), count ’em, TWO stomachs.

There is the Honey Stomach, also known as the “Crop”, AND a “True” or digestive stomach.  The digestive stomach, located in the abdomen, is used to digest food used to fuel the bee.  The Honey Stomach, located in the anterior (frontal) part of the abdomen is really just an expandable little, transparent “bag” that the honey and everything else the bee takes in goes to, or through, first before heading to the digestive stomach, if indeed that’s the intended destination.

The “Crop” or Honey Stomach in the anterior part of the abdomen.

Bees can choose to let whatever they take in go all the way through or to store groceries in the Honey Stomach until they get home.  It’s the ultimate in grocery sack recycling really.

Nectar, water, honey (probably robbed from other hives) and other things destined for the nest get stopped and stored in the Honey Stomach until the bee gets home and disgorges said groceries to give to anther bee or deposit it into a cell, etc…

But, if Honey bees have two stomachs, would they get twice as hungry?

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Honey Bee Morse Code?

Can Honey bees “hear” sounds through the air?

Honey bees haven’t yet been found to have sound receptors or “ears” like we do. Instead, it seems that honey bees have sensory organs that detect air movement (like sound waves).  There are receptors in the legs of bees that pick up the vibrations detected from surfaces they are standing on or making contact with.

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Google Plus Video Hangouts

The Bee Smart project doesn’t exist on a website island here.  Not only do we integrate video, podcast and web content here but we are working on creating other interactive opportunities using the ever gaining capabilities offered by social media sites like Facebook and Google Plus.

I am excited to announce that on the first Friday of each month, Bee Smart will have a Video Hangout open discussion for members of the Bee Smart Google plus community.  The Hangoouts will start at 7 p.m. CST and a link to join the Hangouts will be posted as it starts in the Bee Smart community.  To join, simply join the Google plus Bee Smart community and make sure you check in at about 7pm on each first Friday of the month so that you can join in with the rest of us.

Bee Smart Book Rating – Beekeeping For Dummies

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December 2016 Marked 185 years Since Huber Passed Away

Francois Huber is one of the most notable beekeepers and bee researchers in all of beekeeping history.  His story is amazing.  Born in 1750 he began to go blind at about age 15.

He had a personal assistant named Francois Burnens and was married to Marie Lullin who acted as his proxy eyes in the field.

His most notable accomplishments include his book, “Nouvelles Observations sur les Abeilles” (New Observations Upon Bees” in 1792 with a second volume in 1814.

This past December marked 185 years since he died.  His research and writing however makes him an immortal in the world of modern beekeeping.

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Notable Note: Langstroth was a Christmas beeday

That’s right, the man commonly referred to as the “Father of modern beekeeping” was born on December 25th in 1810.

His (arguably) two most significant contributions to beekeeping being the observation of the 3/8″to 1/4″ bee space requirement between combs/frames and the mas produce-able Langstroth hive which kicked off a new era of beekeeping in the industrial age.

There were other beekeepers that influenced Langstroth’s hive but he is most certainly the man behind the turn of American, modern beekeeping.

Langstroth died October 6, 1895 but his hive’s influence has survived nearly 165 years since it’s design in 1852.  His personal influence on modern beekeeping may be nearly immortalized in comparison.

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Bee Smart Quiz B1

Question #1: Nassanoff glands or scent glands are found in all honey bee castes.

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Question #2: Honey bees have two types of eyes.

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Question #3: Honey bees cannot perceive airborne sound.

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Question #4: The front and hind wings on each side of the bee are coupled together during flight.

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Question #5: Honey bees survive the winter by becoming inactive and going into diapause.

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Question #6: The scent or Nassanoff Gland is found in the worker’s:

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Question #7: The crop (honey stomach) is located in the abdomen.

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Question #8: The simple eyes (ocelli) analyze polarized light, thus permitting the bee to use the sun’s position as a compass during flight.

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Question #9: Wax glands are located within the thorax.

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Question #10: The honey bee has ________eyes.

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Welcome to 2017 and the Bee Smart beekeeping project content kickoff

This is the moment we have been waiting for for almost three months now.  The content kickoff for this, the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

We have been recording podcasts, creating videos and working on download-able content to help people interested in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping to be successful in their individual efforts.  Now we are here at last!

This week, we will post the very first official Bee Smart Weekly Podcast.  The weekly podcasts will in fact be posted every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. CST.

This first week of January 2017 will also see the post of the first bee Smart beekeeping book review.  All scheduled feature articles will be posted on Thursdays.

Yes, we do have a video ready to release this week as well.  That video and all featured video content will be posted to our YouTube channel and linked here to the website on Tuesday mornings.  There may be some extra video content posted occasionally in between times, but the featured and planned content is scheduled for Tuesday release.

We already have some useful downloadable documents in pdf format on the Downloads page here.  There is an Apiarist plan form, which is designed to help beekeepers know upfront what their beekeeping goals, objectives, strategies and tactics will be for the upcoming year.  Having an Apiarist Plan is helpful in knowing what kind of materials, equipment, etc… as well as what and how you plan to do to handle critical issues in your beekeeping BEFORE you have to figure those things out at the last second, often too late.

There is an Apiary plan form ready to download as well.  This form helps beekeepers know the details for what they plan to have and do in each location they will be keeping bees in.  Again, with good planning ahead of time, this can help beekeepers respond to issues better, sooner and more effectively.

Thirdly, there is the Bee Smart Hive Inspection form that beekeepers can download and print out.  This is a three page form that walks the beekeeper through each phase of a hive inspection in the order of the inspection process.  A great help to new beekeepers not sure when to do something or what to do.  This is also beneficial to experienced beekeepers as a way to help stay on track with an inspection and to not forget or overlook any details that might not get looked at due to becoming pre-occupied or otherwise distracted.  That happens easily when you have a box full of sting capable honey bees in front of you.

There will be more useful resources made available as time goes on for you to download and make use of.  Books in pdf format, planning forms, guides and other vastly useful materials.

Welcome to the new year and enjoy the adventure here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

Join the Bee Smart Bee Squad

That’s right, take a peek at our Bee Squad page in the Team menu.  We have a special group of Bee and beekeeping enthusiasts who by joining the Bee Smart Bee Squad team get access to some very cool perks just for them.

What kind of perks?  How about special content such as podcasts for Bee Squad members only.  We also have an exclusive, interactive forum for members to chat with each other, Bee Smart hosts and more to come!

How do you join the Bee Smart Bee Squad?  Simple, become a Bee Smart Patron at our Patreon page and choose one of three support levels to help the Bee Smart beekeeping project continue to create content, make resources available, inform and entertain you.