LOCAL AND STATE BEEKEEPING ORGANIZATIONS
If you are interested in beekeeping come to one of our monthly meetings. In January we hold a bee school for people new to beekeeping.
Our statewide beekeepers association organizes two statewide meetings each year where you can learn more about beekeeping and meet fellow beekeepers from across the state. Almost every county in North Carolina has a bee association and you can find their contact information on the website.
Most people don’t realize UNC Charlotte is involved in bee research. They are part of the NCHBRC which plays an integral part in bee research in this state.
The university conducts bee research so we can better support the well being of our bees. They also offer a wide range of education programs for the public.
Honey bees are the most important insect pollinator for crops grown in North Carolina.The NC State University Apiculture Program website has a list of the most common plants in North Carolina bees visit.
Honey Plants of North Carolina
An Herb Garden for Bees
The Importance of Honey Bees in North Carolina
(Lists many of the crops bees pollinate.)
The Role of Honey Bees in Apple Pollination
The Value of Honey Bees as Pollinators in North Carolina
Although this website is from Berkeley University in California, there is a lot interesting information on how to create a bee garden in the city.
RECIPES USING HONEY
They have hundreds of recipes using honey.
I entered “honey” in their recipe search box and received over 2,000 hits.
It’s easy to figure out how to use honey instead of sugar in your recipes.
This online calculator can convert honey from pounds to fluid ounces and 11 other different ways.
Whikipedia has a comprehensive description of how bees produce honey, nutritional profile of honey and much more.
True Source Honey was created to call attention to the part of the honey trade that circumvents U.S. law, potentially calling into question the reputation of all honey sold in the United States. This is especially an issue with imported honey or honey with inappropriate additives.
Honey will granulate over time but that does not mean it has gone bad because honey does not spoil. It’s very easy to turn your honey back into a liquid.
INTERESTING BEE STUFF
The zoo in Asheboro has an impressive bee exhibit. Be sure to check it out the next time you visit.
Andy Giger studied the visual pattern recognition of honey bees as part of his PhD research and developed this website showing how bees see the world.
A honey bee will tell other bees in the hive where pollen and nectar is located by doing a waggle dance. Scientists have learned how to interpret the various dances. Now you can learn how to read the waggle dance.
Yes, there are photographers who dedicate much of their careers to photographing bees. The pictures are very impressive.
Zachary Huang is a biologist who has been studying bees for over 20 years and also enjoys photography. The photographs on the Apis Millifera honey bees are the bees in my hives as well as the bees you see in your yard. His photographs have been the covers of several editions of American Bee Journal and Bee Culture magazine.
A French photographer who has traveled the world photographing bees and the craft of beekeeping.