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Live Exhibits are part of the Demonstration Working Farm- please enjoy our animals with caution.  Do not feed the animals unless it is an item listed as okay on their pen.

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Honeybee Hives

Worldwide, over 90 different food plants depend almost exclusively on the honeybee for pollination. This includes virtually all of our non‐grain foods In the USA.  Honeybees are considered critical pollinators of many fruits, nuts and vegetables. Your own diet could change dramatically if we were to lose our honeybees.

 

Did you know...?

 

Honeybees are not native to North or South America. The first bees were brought to North America by Virginia settlers in the 1620’s.

 

Unlike wasps, hornets and yellow jackets honeybees are gentle and nonaggressive by nature.

 

A worker bee’s adult life in the summer is about six weeks and during that time she collects only 1/12 of a teaspoon of nectar. A hive of bees flies over 55,000 air miles to produce one pound of honey.

 

A queen honey bee can lay her weight in eggs during a 24 hour period.

 

During the summer, the typical honeybee colony contains between 30,000 to

60,000 bees.

 

Without the pollination services of honeybees, many of our typical foods such as apples, cucumbers, almonds and watermelons would not be available.

 

The honey bee is so efficient that it would use only an ounce of honey for fuel to fly around the world.

 

Honey was man’s first sweetener and it was so valued that it could be used to pay taxes in some cultures.

 

The honeybee hives at Steppingstone Farm Museum are managed by the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association. 

 

The Susquehanna Beekeepers Association provides educational information for beekeepers in Harford and Cecil Counties.  For more information about the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association and its programs:  www.susquehannabeekepers.com

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