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Amateur Beekeepers Society Inc.

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Bee Facts

There are many Myths & Legends about bees and their habits that many people or may not be aware of.

How many casts of bees are there?

l. There are three casts of bees.

[a] The Queen Bee. She only stings other Queen Bees within the hive and has no barbs on her sting.
[b] The Drone Bees. These are the male bees. Their main function is to mate with new [Virgin] Queen bees after which they die. They have no stinger.
[c] The Worker Bees. These are all females. After they hatch out,they start work as nurse bees,
cleaning cells, tending and feeding the young larvae .They may then become guard bees at the hive entrance or leave the hive each day as field bees to gather pollen & nectar. Their sting is used to protect the hive from intruders or to protect themselves when threatened.

How and Why do bees sting?

HOW
The worker bees have the sting which causes us the most problem! It is situated at the end of the bees abdomen and folds out when she is in stinging mode. It is a little like an eyedropper with a pointed end, a small bulb and a shaft covered with small barbs, which pump and cause the sting to enter further into the skin.This can still happen after the bees flies off to die after stinging. NB: The difference between wasp and bee stings is that a wasp can sting multiple times and does not die .

It is important to remove the sting as soon as you can—use a fingernail,knifeblade or some similar tool and just scrape across the area at the base of the sting. The sooner the sting is removed the less it willhurt—-there are many things recommended to help lessen the pain, toothpaste,damp asprin,ice,onion skins,if no commercial anti sting is available.

Many people think they are allergic to bee stings, but for most of us it is usually a reddish swelling and irritation once the initial pain has subsided. If you are stung anywhere on the face ,throat areas it is advisable to keep a close eye on swelling etc and see a doctor if there are any problems.

WHY?
Worker bees generally sting to protect the hive or themselves against predators or when they feel under threat. Generally bees will work in a garden without taking any notice of you, their primary interest is collecting nectar or pollen for the hive so they move away if you go too close.

If you get stung and were not in the bees way other things to consider are :

2. Is there any clover in the grass? It is wise to wear shoes if that is the case as bees forage on clover and are easily stood on.
1. Bees do not like the colour black and it may cause problems if they are upset by one of the previous things mentioned above.
3. Sometimes bees can be upset by very strong perfumes/aftershaves.
4. A cranky hive may also be a neglected hive, many times the novelty of having a hive may wear off if people do not have the correct guidance on managing it, and simply leave the hive to go its own way. Abandoned hives need expert attention, so be sure when you get your hive if you no longer want to keep it advise your local beekeeping club that you need it removed.
5. If you have a hive it is important to make sure that it is positioned properly so as to cause as little interference as possible to neighbours etc. Advice can be from your local bee club.

Upcoming Events
Jul
4
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Jul
16
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Aug
1
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Aug
20
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Sep
5
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Sep
17
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Oct
3
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Oct
15
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Nov
7
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Nov
19
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members