Our bees

All these bees have us buzzing with questions… Here’s a few questions we had, and a few answers!

Around 42,000 bees live in our Origins Colony

A beehive is kept at approximately 35 degrees. The heat is regulated by the bees, mainly drone bees huddling and working together to seal the hive and generally creating heat by buzzing around.

Only one, she’s the bee with a blue mark on her head.  The blue mark signifies the year she was born.  Blue means she was born in 2020.

When the queen bee dies, it’ll be up to the worker bees (like they didn’t have enough work to do) to identify the next Queen to run the colony by sorting through the available larvae and identifying the next in line. 

  • Queen – her role is to produce eggs to reproduce bees. A Queen’s average lifespan is 2 and 4 years but she can live as long as 8 years. A Queen must first fight at early stages to establish itself as the Queen against competing bees. Unfortunately these Queens can’t retire when they get old, they must die as Queen.
  • Drones (Male Bees) – Focus is to regulate temperature in the hive and to reproduce with the Queen Bee. If a Drone Bee is unsuccessful in mating it will only live to approximately 90 days.
  • Workers (Female Bees) – If born in spring, worker bees live 4 to 6 weeks. If born in Autumn, they may lay docile and live up to 4 to 6 months after activity.

They can travel up to 2kms to find pollen and can visit up to 100 plants, so it’s important to plant as many plants as possible for bees to visit.

Plant bee-friendly plants in your garden like basil, rosemary, parsley and fruits like lemons, limes and mandarins.

Bee friendly trees and flowers include bottlebrush, wisteria, lavender and sunflowers.

SUPPORT OUR BEES

Come and see us at the info hub to collect some free bee seeds (Native Sea Celery) to plant in your garden.  When the Sea Celery shoots to flower the bees love it!