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The Amazing Role Of Honey Bees To Life; Interview With Healthy Bees CEO Lee Rosen

The Amazing Role Of Honey Bees To Life; Interview With Healthy Bees CEO Lee Rosen

Many of us are not aware of the huge role honey bees play in the keeping the earth’s balance. Because bees are largely responsible for pollinating flowers and, thereby, producing majority of the world’s food, the fact that their population seems to be dying out is cause for concern.

In a survey of over thousands of beekeepers all over the United States, a decline of 33 percent in the number of bee colonies from April 2016 to 2017 was noted. Alarmingly so, this is not a new occurrence. Over the past 10 years, bee colonies have dropped by around 40 percent.

“Honey Bees are responsible for one-third of the earth’s supply of food,” notes Lee S. Rosen, CEO of Healthy Bees LLC. While the drop observed last year is lower compared to what the bee community has been experiencing over the last decade, the fact that colony numbers are consistently dwindling is a major threat to our food supply.

Healthy Bees LLC is a breakthrough company that exists with one primary goal in mind — to ensure the good health of honey bees and their colonies. By doing so, the agricultural sector remains alive and nobody becomes in danger of losing access to food.

“Colony collapse disorder, also called CCD, wiped out nearly 80 percent of the bee colonies in a certain region in Italy,” Lee Rosen said. “However, one small town’s beekeeper managed to protect its bees from dying. Our team of scientists, headed by Dr Francesca del Vecchio, studied why this small family farm was spared and found out that it had a lot to do with what the bees were ingesting.”

Healthy Bees LLC thus created BeesVita Plus, which is a nutritional system for honey bees that is aimed at boosting their natural defenses. According to research, bees have started dying out due to many factors including parasites, poor nutrition, diseases and pesticides.

Given the situation, Lee Rosen recommends that even ordinary citizens do their share in keeping the honey bee colonies alive and well. One does not need to be a farmer to contribute to the effort. It can start with a simple gesture as choosing to buy honey from local bee farmers.

You can also discontinue using pesticides in your yard and start going organic. Naturally healthy bees need a good environment for them to thrive. Make your own garden conducive for their propagation.

“The health of honey bees requires community effort,” notes Rosen. “It’s time we all do our share in preserving them if we want to make the earth a place of abundance not just for ourselves but also for the many more generations to come.”

The Secret Life Of Bees; Why This Humble Insect Is Crucial To How We Live

The Secret Life Of Bees; Why This Humble Insect Is Crucial To How We Live

Many might not know it, but bees are one of the hardest working creatures to ever roam the earth. It’s very easy to dismiss the role that these insects play because of their size, and because they are often portrayed in stories and media as mere stingers. However, there’s so much more about bees that needs to be brought out into the world. In fact, our lives depend on them.

According to research, about $19 billion worth of agricultural products made in the US in 2010 has something to do with honeybees and similar pollinators. Bees can be credited for pollinating about a sixth of all flowering species around the world and about 400 different types of plants. In fact, the combined effort of other pollinating creatures like hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, ants, bats and beetles contribute approximately $10 billion in the same year. That said, it is safe to say that our food supply is heavily reliant on the survival of bees.

According to Lee S. Rosen, CEO and chairman of Miami-based Healthy Bees LLC, the population of bees worldwide has declined sharply. This is mostly due to changes in the climate, parasites, pollution and other stressors that either directly kill them off or hamper their ability to reproduce. There are around 25,000 species of bees in the world and some 4,000 of these thrive in the US. Thus, to say that 33% of bee colonies have been dying over the past years is cause for concern.

Why are bees important and what is their role in balancing the ecosystem?

Pollination. Simply said, this process involves the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part so that it is able to bear fruit, seed or nut. Lee Rosen notes that bees tend to keep to a certain type of plant during this activity, thus increasing the chances of higher quality and more abundant produce when the time comes.

Some plants can pollinate themselves by relying only on the wind, but it is the hard work of bees that ensure plant reproduction happens. Without their help, the food supply would be much different. For one, agricultural products that are very reliant on bee pollination includes the likes of asparagus, broccoli, blueberries, almonds, apples and pumpkins. If bees cease to exist, then we can all say goodbye to these fruit and veggie favorites. Of course, don’t forget the honey.

In addition to ensuring that we still have access to our favorite food, bees are also major contributors to making the earth look pretty. Without their work, we might not see the plethora of colorful blooms and foliage that we enjoy. While beautifying the planet might not be bees’ most economical role in the balance, it is definitely the one that is most aesthetically favorable.

Healthy Bees LLC is a company whose mission is to keep bees alive and healthy so the rest of us can continue enjoying a beautiful planet. Through the efforts of Lee Rosen and the firm’s team of scientists, the company is able to develop a solution to keep bee colony numbers from dropping. As a result, not only do we get to enjoy nature’s beauty all around, but also its flavorful and filling bounty.

Lee S. Rosen Miami – Honey Bees and Art of Beekeeping

Lee S. Rosen Miami – Beekeeping

Beekeeping can be an income-producing venture by providing pollination services to orchards and farmers, or by harvesting and selling honey and other products such as royal jelly, beeswax, and pollen.

To get started in beekeeping, you will need some basic equipment including a hive, protective gear, some bees, equipment to handle the honey, and other gear. Some beekeepers make their own hives, but you can readily purchase them and assemble the hives yourself. If you purchase equipment, make sure it has been inspected and certified to be free of disease and mites.

Beekeepers need to be aware of the laws related to their livelihood. In many states, bee hives must be inspected annually for disease and infestations. Also, it is important to find out about the pesticide use and pesticide notification laws in your state. You should frequently inspect your own hives for disease or pests.

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Lee Rosen – How do I get started?

There are several options for getting started in the bee business, whether for fun or profit. You can obtain your bees by:

  • buying package bees;
  • purchasing a nucleus colony (nuc);
  • buying established colonies;
  • collecting swarms (not typically recommended for novice beekeepers); or
  • taking bees out of trees and walls (not typically recommended for novice beekeepers).

Most novice beekeepers will start with either a package or nuc. The downside to purchasing a nuc or an established colony is that you also might be buying another beekeeper’s problems, such as disease.

The cost for setting up one beehive comes to approximately $400 for basic materials during the first year depending upon what you buy. Taxes and shipping may need to be added to these costs. Setting up a second beehive the first year will increase this cost to approximately $315. Costs for one hive during the second year most certainly will include about $175 for four supers with foundation and one replacement queen, or $350 for two hives. Hence the two-year costs for one hive will be about $575, and about $875 for two hives. Second year costs can increase significantly if the beekeeper chooses to purchase an extractor, an uncapping tub, an uncapping knife, and many other things that beekeeping hobbyists often desire. Once this initial investment is made, a well-maintained beehive can last for 30 years or more. There will be annual costs for queens, foundation, and medication, but at a relatively small expense. The above expense for a single beehive averaged over 7 years would amount to only $80-85 per year. A typical, properly maintained Illinois honeybee colony will produce some 75-125 pounds of honey per year after the first year. Good beekeepers can produce more than 200 pounds per hive during a good year. Sales of honey at rates approaching $6 per pound or more can easily pay for the purchase price of the hives, bees, tools, and supplies within a couple of years. Beekeeping, even on the small scale, can prove to be a viable business opportunity. Always avoid buying used materials without expert advice such as your local apiary inspector! It is generally considered wisest and safest to purchase new materials only from reputable dealer

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO START A COLONY?

You can start a colony pretty much any time of year in the South, but spring is the recommended season, because it gives the colony well through the summer to get established. Additionally, you’ll have better opportunities in the spring and summer to observe your bees and learn their behaviors.

HOW MANY COLONIES DO I NEED?

You’ll want to start with at least two colonies of bees, just in case something goes wrong with the queen in one of the hives. A frame of eggs and young larvae from the second hive can be given to the queen-less unit so they can raise a new queen.

Lee Rosen – What equipment will I need?

Personal Equipment – Lee S Rosen – At a minimum, you’ll need a veil, hive tool and bee smoker. The veil keeps bees away from your head, since stings on the head can be quite painful. You can purchase a special hat to hold the veil, but a well-fitting wide brimmed hat will do as well. The bee smoker keeps the bees from becoming agitated, allowing the beekeeper to work in peace.

Optional accessories include a bee suit, bee gloves, and high top boots. Combined with a veil and hat, a beekeeper can be well protected from bee stings during normal beekeeping operations.

Beehives – You can build a beehive from new materials, but it is recommended to purchase a hive that has had bees in it for at least a year, to lessen the risk of stressing out the bees and reducing your potential honey crop. The best time to buy bees is in the spring, to ensure that you get a viable hive with a good laying queen.

A standard beehive has a bottom board and a hive cover with multiple boxes in between. Each box contains nine or 10 frames of comb in which the bees rear their young and store honey and pollen. Normally the bottom two boxes are brood boxes used for rearing the young and storing honey and pollen for short-term and winter use. The top boxes are referred to as supers and are used to hold the honey crop. Special “shallow” supers can reduce the weights that must be lifted.

Extracting equipment – To harvest your honey crop, you’ll first need to separate the combs of honey from the bees (pulling the honey). Using a bee brush to sweep the bees from each frame is one option, but can become labor intensive the more hives you have. Bee escape boards are used to direct the bees into a one way trip out of the honey supers. You’ll need one escape board for each hive.

Another option includes using chemicals like Bee Go or Bee Robber, which is placed on the underside of a special acid board cover. The smell drives the bees out of the honey super. Finally, a bee blower can be used to blow the bees right off the frames, out of the super and onto the ground in front of the hive.

Once the honey is pulled, you can extract it yourself or ask an established beekeeper to extract it for you. Honey extractors range in size from two-frame, hand-powered devices to motor-driven machines that can handle 100 or more frames. Additionally, an electrically heated knife will be needed to remove the wax caps from the honey comb.

Extracted honey needs to be strained through cheesecloth or nylon and then stored in a warm place in a tall container. This allows the fine impurities to rise to the top. The ideal storage container will have an outlet at the bottom so that the clean, warm honey can be drawn from the bottom directly into the honey containers.

Wintering equipment –  Lee S Rosen Miami –  Mississippi is fortunate to have relatively mild winters, so bees can typically winter outdoors without insulation placed around and over the hives. The key to wintering your bees is to ensure that they have enough food going into the season – typically 30 to 50 pounds.

In other colder climates, you will need to protect your bees. If you’re working with just a few hives, bees can winter outdoors with some insulation placed around and over the hives.

Lee Rosen – More about bees

ARE BEES DANGEROUS?

Lees S. Rosen Boca Raton – It’s almost a certainty that if you keep bees you will be stung at one time or another. A bee sting hurts some, followed by a brief period of discomfort. However, for a very tiny portion of people (about 0.4% of the population), there is a risk of death from anaphylactic shock brought on by a bee sting. If you know you are allergic to bee stings (i.e. hives over the body, itching in areas of the body remote from the sting, and shortness of breath or tightening of the windpipe), then beekeeping may not be the hobby for you. If you do experience such symptoms after being stung by a bee, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Where have all the honey bees gone?

Lee S Rosen – In recent years, two species of imported parasitic mites have devastated honey bee as well as feral bee populations in the United States. That’s why both commercial and hobby beekeepers are even more important now.

Lee S. Rosen Miami – Honey Bee Colony

Lee S. Rosen Miami -Honey Bee Colony

Honey bees are social insects that live in colonies. Honey bee colonies consist of a single queen, hundreds of male drones and 20,000 to 80,000 female worker bees. Each honey bee colony also consists of developing eggs, larvae and pupae.

The number of individuals within a honey bee colony depends largely upon seasonal changes. A colony could reach up to 80,000 individuals during the active season, when workers forage for food, store honey for winter and build combs. However, this population will decrease dramatically during colder seasons.

Honey bee colonies depend upon diversity of population for survival, as each caste of bee performs specific tasks. Thus, while queens are extremely powerful within their societies, they cannot establish new colonies without the help of drones and workers, who provide fertilization, food and wax to construct the hive.

 

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Lee S Rosen Miami – Metamorphosis

All members of a honey bee colony undergo complete metamorphosis, passing through the egg, larval and pupal stages before becoming adults. Honey bee larvae are legless grubs that eat honey, nectar or pollen. Larvae shed their skin and molt several times before they enter the pupal stage. After another molt, these pupae will emerge as adult honey bees and begin to perform specialized tasks for the colony.

 

Lee S Rosen Miami – Queens

Queens are the only members of a colony able to lay fertilized eggs. An egg-laying queen is important in establishing a strong honey bee colony, and is capable of producing up to 2,000 eggs within a single day. Queens mate early in life and store up millions of sperm within their bodies. While they are capable of living up to five years, they only often only live two to three years producing eggs.

Lee S Rosen Miami – Workers

Worker honey bees are the largest population within a colony. Worker bees are entirely female, but they are unable to produce fertilized eggs. If there is no queen they do sometimes lay unfertilized eggs, which become male drones. Worker bees use their barbed stingers to defend the colony, but after attacking, the barbs attach to the victim’s skin, tearing the stinging bee’s abdomen, resulting in death.

Workers are essential members of honey bee colonies. They forage for pollen and nectar, tend to queens and drones, feed larvae, ventilate the hive, defend the nest and perform other tasks to preserve the survival of the colony. The average life span of worker bees is approximately six weeks.

Lee S Rosen Miami – Drones

Drones, or male honey bees, have only one task: to fertilize new queens. Drones mate outdoors usually in midair and die soon after mating. Some honey bee colonies will eject surviving drones during fall when food for the colony becomes limited.

Lee S Rosen Miami –  Swarms

Honey bee swarming is a natural part of a developing their colony. Honey bees swarm as a result of overcrowding within a hive. To create a swarm, an old honey bee queen leaves the hive with about half of the hive’s worker bees, while a new queen remains in the old hive with the rest of the workers. In the wild, honey bees swarm most in late spring and early summer, at humid times of the day. While swarming is part of the healthy life cycle of every honey bee colony, beekeepers often attempt to reduce the incidence of swarming in domesticated bees.

A honey bee swarm may contain hundreds or thousands of worker bees and a single queen. Swarming honey bees fly temporarily, and then cluster on shrubs and tree branches. The clusters rest there for several hours to a few days, depending on weather conditions and the amount of time needed to search for a new nesting site. When a scout honey bee locates a good location for the new colony, the cluster immediately flies to the new site.

Generally, honey bee swarms do not harm people. Swarming honey bees do not have young or a nest to defend during the swarm, and as such, their incentive to sting is reduced.

However, a swarm of bees will attack when provoked, as workers attempt to protect their queen. Should a persistent swarm of bees appear near your home or garden, it may be necessary to contact a pest control expert to assist in relocating or exterminating the swarm. Honey bees are a protected species in some areas, so check with a professional pest control expert before taking any action yourself.