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Where would we be without Bees?

There are more than 20,000 known species of bee, members of a super family called Apoidea. Although some bee species operate as solitary individuals, the social honey bee, introduced to New Zealand in 1839, lives in highly organised colonies with as many as 50,000 or more individuals. The worker bees are female and their jobs are varied. They know exactly what their roles are and they work as one to provide food the hive to ensure the colony's survival.

Depending upon the worker bee's stage of development (level of maturity), they perform tasks which include feeding larvae, keeping the hive warm for thousands of larvae or pupae, guarding the hive entranceway from predators and cleaning the hive. They also make the honeycomb and forage for pollen and nectar to bring back to the hive. From this they make honey which is stored and capped in cells, ready to be fed to the hive in the winter months. Of course, this is when we takethe honey for ourselves, hopefully leaving enough for the bees to feed on through the cold season when they do not forage for pollen. Some beekeepers feed their bees sugar syrup if short on honey.

The beehives, from which the honey is harvested by the beekeeper, are manmade. The beekeeper determines where the sun rises and sets, where the suitable flowers are for foraging and the best position to place the hives. A hive is made up of the queen who mates with the drones (the male bees) in order to produce thousands of eggs. The drones die following the mating. The bulk of the hive is made up of infertile female worker bees. The hive works as a tight unit with roles and tasks understood. They are team players working for the common good. It is essential to have a strong queen in order to maintain the efficient functioning, good health and wellbeing of the hive.

Bees pollinate approximately one third of the food we eat so it is vital that we monitor their wellbeing and numbers. Wasps, viruses and pesticides may be responsible for death and disease within the colonies potentially causing large losses in their numbers, drops in pollination of crops and flowers and a decrease in honey production.

People who lack confidence or are fearful of bees may take essence No 3 Cook Strait Groundsel and No 4 Marlborough Rock Daisy for self-confidence and courage, as well as for trusting one's own instincts.

The bees themselves may benefit from the area being cleared of any negative energy, so a spray containing No 77 Clematis could be just what is needed as a space clearer. This essence may be misted or sprayed around the beehives and their immediate vicinity.

— Marj Marks
Marj is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand registered practitioner and registered Veterinary Nurse. Marj can be contacted on 09 422 0177, 027 612 5256 or by email: