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2011 Indiana Honey Princess

I am so excited to be the 2011 Indiana Honey Princess and want to share some of my experiences with my Peace Bees friends and followers.  I know some of you are on Facebook but for the others I will try to keep you updated here.  Remember, save the bees, save your food! - Alex
 

New Blog Format

posted May 5, 2011, 1:19 PM by Peace Bees

I have a new Blog that can be see on this site at "Blog" or by going directly to http://peacebees.blogspot.com/ 

Peace, Love and Honey Bees!  

Peace Bees is reaching out!

posted Apr 19, 2011, 8:38 AM by Alex Lesniak

So excited that between Facebook and the website, Peace Bees has reached someone in 32 different countries! Spread the word and see how many more countries we can add. Peace, Love and Honey Bees!

Development of a worker

posted Apr 3, 2011, 12:35 PM by Alex Lesniak

Development of a female worker.  Day 1 - Queen lays fertilized egg based on cell size.  Day 2 - The egg starts to lean.  Day 3 - The egg lays down and hatches. Days 4-9 - The larva is fed by workers and moults every 24 hours.  The cell is sealed about the 9th day.  Days 9-21 - The larva spins a cocoon and moults 6 times.  On the 21st day the young worker chews her way out of the cell.  

Ag Days 2011

posted Mar 28, 2011, 5:54 PM by Alex Lesniak

Whew, day 1 of AG days is over. Will get the official count tomorrow but talked to over 500 students plus teachers & a few families! Fun day. :-)

Day 2 of AG days is in the bag. Still do not have the count of students from yesterday but today we went through 500+ honey tastes today! Safe to say thousands of people came by the booth today and I barely have a voice. Day 3 tomorrow and hope to see another great turnout. Peace, Love and Honey Bees!

Day 3 of Ag Days was nearly as busy as 1 & 2.  We also found that we are not that good at estimating visitors.  It was a record attendance with over 3600 kids going through the stations.  Counting teachers, chaperons, parents and tagalongs, it is safe to say over 4000 people came by our table.  What a great weekend for spreading the word about honey bees.   

St. Joseph County Ag Days

posted Mar 21, 2011, 6:36 PM by Alex Lesniak

Hey if you are in Michiana this weekend, March 25-27, come out to Ag Days at the St. Joe County Fair Grounds. See the bees, taste some honey and say hi to the Indiana Honey princess. Friday 9-6, Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 11-4

UN Report Highlights Pollinator Problems

posted Mar 21, 2011, 6:35 PM by Alex Lesniak

UN Report Highlights Pollinator Problems "The report says the decline of bee populations has serious consequences for food security. Pollination is critical for flower and seed production and vital to the health of ecosystems. As many crops depend solely on pollinators for survival, the well-being of pollinating insects such as bees is critical for ensuring the availability of food for a growing global population."

http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2011.03.10.10.02.archive.html

Some Favorite Recipes

posted Mar 7, 2011, 1:43 PM by Peace Bees

You can find some of our favorite honey recipes on the new recipe page. Crunchy Millet Bread, Glazed Honey Cake, Busy Bee Bars (energy bars), and Honey Dog Treats. Dogs love the honey treats and they are made from things in your pantry and you can eat them too! 

Did you know...jobs of the workers

posted Feb 22, 2011, 5:32 PM by Alex Lesniak

Did you know... In the summer a colony may have 50,000 bees, with 1 Queen, about 200 Drones & rest are female Workers. The workers progress through different jobs as they get older starting with cleaning their own cell. In 6 weeks she does Cell Cleaning, Tending Brood. Attending the Queen, Receiving Nectar. Cleaning Debris, Packing Pollen, Capping Brood, Comb Building, Ventilating, Guarding, Foraging.

Anthropology Trivia

posted Feb 21, 2011, 4:01 PM by Alex Lesniak

In anthropology, a popular procedure for environmental reconstruction is palynology , which is the study of pollen!

The passing of a friend

posted Feb 3, 2011, 6:25 PM by Alex Lesniak

The bees have lost another friend.  Longtime beekeeper, friend of the Honey Queen program, teacher,  and auctioneer extraordinaire, Jerry Shaw passed this morning.  Please keep his wife Carol and family in your thoughts and prayers.  Our spring Michiana Beekeepers auction will never be the same.  Jerry, you will be missed!


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