The Beauty of Bees
Did you know that there are over 1500 species of native bees in Australia and that 14 of these are stingless. Honey bees are different from our native bees but both are equally important to our eco-systems here in Australia. Bees pollinate a third of everything we eat, without them we would have no more coffee or tea – eek.
Both types of bees seek nectar and pollen from flowers and in this process transfer pollen to other flowers, thus pollinating plants. For their survival and wellbeing bees need to feed on a variety of different flowering plants at different times of the year.
Bees have been facing many challenges lately as their natural habitat is reduced and pesticides impact their wellbeing.
We can all help to keep our bees healthy and happy by doing a few simple things.
Plant flower and herb gardens instead of concrete, paved areas and manicured green lawns. Bees love Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Thyme, Borage, Lavender, Sunflowers and most flowering eucalypts. Not all flowers are equally liked by bees - bees prefer blue, purple and yellow blossoms.
Minimise the use of pesticides around the home and garden. Why not try companion planting or a natural remedy – this website has a number of terrific articles and great resources. http://www.sgaonline.org.au/
Provide a constant water source in your backyard. This will attract more bees. Bees like a shallow source of water with pebbles or floating material to stop them from drowning.
Try not to kill them, if you find a swarm or are concerned about the number of bees in an area, contact a local beekeeper who will be more than happy to come and get them. Beekeepers love their bees with a passion. http://www.aussieapiaristsonline.net/beekeeper-clubs.html
Hosting a hive or two on your property and having it/them looked after by a beekeeper is another way of helping our bees if you have the room.
Become a beekeeper yourself. I am told it is a great hobby and I certainly can vouch for some pretty passionate beekeepers. More information can be found here http://amazingbees.com.au/becoming-a-beekeeper.html
Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of bees. The wax is formed by worker bees. Its color varies from nearly white to brownish, but most often a shade of yellow, depending on purity and the type of flowers gathered by the bees. It is harvested by beekeepers when they remove honey from the hive. It is filtered before it becomes the beeswax we use in our candles. We source our beeswax from the hinterland in QLD and remote areas of SA.
We only get our beeswax from trusted sources whose methods and values we respect.
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