Bill’s Blog: Discovery Center Bees

Hello everyone! I hope you are staying cool and enjoying your summer. I’ve been having a ball seeing so many of you laughing and having a good time here at Discovery Center. Our summer schedule is full of so many exciting and fun things to do.

Have you heard the buzz at Discovery Center? No, I don’t mean the saws in Makerspace,Meet the Bees Install (20)
although I can hear the sounds of hammering and sawing as our visitors explore their creativity. I’m talking about the buzz made by our bees. Oh yes, the bees are back!


Our first colony of Discovery Center bees had swarmed in the spring and left the hive. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honeybee colonies. We really missed our bees until Keith Elrod installed a new colony of beautiful honeybees for the observation hive. The new queen has a green spot on her back, and all of the bees are strong and industrious. The bees have settled into their routine of gathering pollen from the DC gardens, attending to the Queen, and nurturing the babies. Katie Woodward of our DC staff keeps a close watch over the bees. She recently dusted them with vitamins to insure they stay healthy. She also does her best to keep the hive free of disease or infestations of mites and beetles.

Let me share some interesting bee facts:
Bees will visit up to 2 million flowers to fill a single jar of honey.
Bees can buzz up to 15 miles per hour.
Worker bees (girls) do all the work inside the hive, care for the Queen and live for 4 weeks.
Drone bees (boys) are only for mating and die after mating.
Queen bees (girls) one to a hive, their only job is to lay eggs and they can live for about 5 years.

Our butterfly garden is in full bloom and our new bees love collecting pollen from the mint
and basil flowers. I can curl in a ball and observe them for hours! Make plans to come to
Discovery Center soon to see these marvelous honeybees at work.