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Honeybee Observation Hive
For more than 20 years, Quarry Hill's indoor hive has provided guests with an up close look at the internal operations of a real working honeybee colony. Throughout the year, you can observe the queen laying eggs, the pollen harvest and the drone's demise.
Did you know?
- Adult honeybees are either workers, drones, or the queen. While there might be thousands of worker bees and hundreds of drone bees in a hive, there's always only one queen bee.
- Worker bees are multi-talented, but not multi-taskers. They only do one job at a time: house cleaner, corpse removal, babysitter, queen attendant, pollen packer, temperature controller, wax maker, hive guard, or nectar collector are some of their specialties.
- Quarry Hill's bees are free to leave the hive any time they like, and they frequently do, in the summer, to collect nectar.
- Purchase local honey and compare the flavors. The pollen source can change the flavor dramatically.
- Bee populations are dwindling. Plant flowers in your backyard to provide important pollen sources for honeybees.