By Davud Cramp
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They also provide humans with some of the most important products on earth: honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis, venom and (perhaps for future investigation) silk. In some countries their brood is eaten, and so food can be added to this list. But they also provide us with pollination services without which some 75% of crops in some countries wouldn’t exist. In the main, beekeepers start by producing honey and then perhaps move on to other products when they have more experience with bees. This chapter outlines all that the honey-bee can produce and should give you some ideas to think about once you become more experienced.
Unless the beekeeper acts decisively, this may lead to swarming, where the old queen and up to half the workers and a few drones depart the colony and start another one elsewhere while the workers in the original colony raise a new queen. Thus where there was one colony there will now be two, with the new young queen getting the best of the deal by retaining the existing nest, stores and brood. This is in effect colony reproduction and is an entirely natural state of affairs, but it does mean that half the beekeeper’s honey-producing livestock flies off and, in all likelihood, becomes someone else’s honey-producing livestock.
This sequence is then often repeated over 100 times, with the direction of the return phase circling alternating each time. The duration of the waggle phase is correlated to the distance of the food source and the number of cycles performed is correlated to the size of the food supply. The further the foraging site, therefore, the longer the duration of the waggle, and the bigger the food source the greater the number of dance cycles. The angle of the straight line from the vertical (vertical comb) is equal to the angle between the food source and the sun upon departure from the hive, and the vigour with which the waggle is performed is an indication of how much food is present at the site.
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