Honey Bee Learning Centre
An integrated relationship
Honey bees and flowering plants are natural partners. They have a mutually beneficial relationship, and both are stronger when together. While many benefit from this relationship, two groups in particular are invested in its continued success: beekeepers and farmers.
Two bees for the best of both worlds
Honey bees are raised by beekeepers all over Canada. In 2015, there were more than 720,000 colonies in Canada used for honey production or for pollination services. Honey bees are just one species of bee used in Canadian agriculture with some farms making use of the other species’ unique traits.
Preventing and reducing varroa mite infestations
The varroa mite is one of most important factors affecting honey bee colony health in Canada, and all beekeepers need to actively monitor their hives to ensure their honey bees stay healthy. What can be done to minimize the losses linked to the Varroa mite? These are some of the ways that the industry is combatting infestations.
A (more recent) history of the honey bee in Canada
In a previous article , we detailed how the honey bee did not originate in Europe but was slowly brought there (and eventually to Canada) for the production of honey.
Pollinator gardens across Canada
Though our Buzzing Gardens seed packets contain a selection of flowers recommended by biologists at Pollinator Partnership for gardens across the country, that doesn’t mean that our selection has to be the beginning and the end of yours!
Chatham-Kent wins 2015 Pollinator-Friendly Community of the Year Award
As part of this summer’s Buzzing Gardens program, Bees Matter and Communities in Bloom joined together to encourage communities across Canada to plant pollinator-friendly gardens to help feed honey bees.
Making the most of your buzzing garden
Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced gardener, making sure your Buzzing Garden thrives is easy and fun.
Growing and maintaining a honey bee garden
Feeding honey bees means giving them more of what they need and offering it close to where they live. Though wild habitats are essential to healthy honey bee populations, you can help by planting your own pollinator gardens. Here’s how.
The history of the honey bee in Canada
Surprisingly, the honey bee isn’t actually native to Canada—or even North America. Still, since being introduced by European settlers in the 17th century, the number of hives in the country continues to grow.
Why are honey bees important to crops and farmers?
Without honey bees, farmers wouldn’t be the only people whose lives would be completely different. Both farmed plants and wild plants often depend on pollination from outside sources, including birds and honey bees.
The varroa mite in detail
The most dangerous factor threatening honey bee health, the varroa mite, is a parasite that feeds on the blood of honey bees and weakens both the individual honey bee and eventually the entire hive.
Honey bee population patterns
Honey bee populations in Canada are on the rise. In fact, the number of both honey bees and hives are at an all-time high.
What affects pollinator health?
Honey bees face pressures from a number of outside factors, all of which can contribute to honey bee health issues throughout the year. These include pests and parasites, weather, disease, pesticides and nutrition.
The life of the honey bee
Though we usually see honey bees when they’re out foraging for pollen and nectar, the part of their lives that they spend traveling is actually very short compared to the amount of time they spend in the hive.