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Here's the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

Refers to unexplained disappearance and dying off of many honey bee colonies across the United States that are being observed. The National Honey Board (NHB) has approved $158,000 total funding to date for CCD research. For more information on CCD, click on these links:

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A Few
“Honeybee Friendly”

A Few Facts About
Honeybees and Honey

Alpine Aster – Aster alpinus
Ageratum – Ageratum houstonianun
Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckla hirta
Candytuft – Iberis sempervirens
Chives – Allium schoenoprasum
Common Milkweed – Asclepias syriaca
Common Speedwell – Vernoica latifolia
English Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Oregano – Origanum vulgare
Sedum – Sedum spectabile
Spike Speedwell – Veronica spicata

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At the hives

Apis melifera (genus and species)

3 types of bees-
workers, drones and one queen per hive

80,000 in each hive at the height of the season

A worker bee will produce approximately
1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime

Honeybees sting only to protect the queen and the hive—they die after stinging when their stinger falls out

60% of the crops in New Jersey are
pollinated by the honeybee, our state insect

Most honeybees in New Jersey are managed by beekeepers: there are very few feral hives due to disease and increase of land development

Bees carry nectar in a special “honey stomach”

Bees carry pollen in “pollen baskets” on their legs

Beekeepers only harvest “extra” honey,
they never short the hive

A queen bee lives 2 to 3 years, workers (female) and drones (male) live approximately 6-8weeks

Honey and beeswax are used
medicinally worldwide, it is antimicrobial

Honey and beeswax are foods that produce hydrogen peroxide making them antimicrobial

Honey is the only food that NEVER goes bad

Honey can be used on minor burns or scrapes, it will help prevent scarring and promote healing.

Honey contains a wide variety of vitamins,
minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.