Hello, so following on from the last post that you all seemed to love i thought it might be nice to give you 10 interesting facts about bees and the hives they live in.
As my Dad is a bee keeper i asked him to give us all 10 facts so here they are as follows......
Honeybees are one of science’s great mysteries because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years, even though the world changed around them.
A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
Beeswax is made from tiny glands on the worker bee’s abdomen.
Honey never spoils. EVER. Honey has natural preservatives so that it won’t go bad.
Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat.
Bees communicate by smells called ‘pheromones’ and by performing special ‘waggle dances’
Bee keepers only take the honey that the bees do not need, but this can be as much as 45kg from one hive!
The bees use their honeycomb cells to raise their babies in, and to store nectar, honey, pollen and water.
Bees carry pollen on their hind legs called a pollen basket. Pollen is a source of protein for the hive and is needed to feed to the baby bees to help them grow.
A Honey Bee Colony Can Contain Up to 60,000 Bees at Its Peak. (That's a lot of bees)
There we have it 10 facts about honey bees i hope you enjoyed reading through them and now know a little bit more about why they amaze me!
Recently due to a disease in the hive my Dads bees have unfortunately died, but this has given me the time and space to get a proper up close look into the wax and honey that the bees had left in the hive.
So with the hive empty for a few weeks i thought i would collect some wax to keep from the hives and also take some photos so i could show you all what the bees can do and the amazing structures they make all on their own.
I have collected some of the wax from the hive to create some new pieces which i will be showing you in the next couple of days.
The images above shows the wax in one of the frames straight out of the hive. This is truly my favorite thing to see and look at, i just find it fascinating that tiny little honey bees can be so clever and make these structures themselves.
You can see in this image above that the piece laying on the top is full of honey which the bees would of been collecting.
This image is of the how the frames sit in the hive itself and then the bees go in between all the frames
We will hopefully have some more bees in the next couple of weeks if some swarm in the local area.
Below is a slideshow of some of the wax i collected from the hives.
So I thought I would start the new year with a proper introduction to my new collection.
The new Honeycomb collection is something that has been with me from the start, it first started in my second year at university where all I would draw was something to do with bees, so much so I was told to do something different as all I would talk about was bees!
My Dad has been a bee keeper for many years now and I've always been fascinated by the bees and how they make the honeycomb and how they live in the hives.
I decided to make this my new collection as its something I have a great love for, I love to help my dad collect the honey and put it all in jars ready to eat. The bees really amaze me so I get a lot of inspiration from them and I wanted this to be part of my knits and to share my love for them.
The new collection currently is new patterns for the hats and scarves but I am going to be developing this collection through 2018 so make sure you keep and eye out for whats new.
I will be sharing a lot more about the bees in the summer times from sort of April on wards as this is when we start working with the bees again.
So for now here is a look at the new collection and please do take a look in the shop section to see it all.
Ambermayde is run my Amber Sherwood who's studio is based in the Norfolk countryside, Where she designs and creates her knitted products.