GEE! BEES!! HIVE TALKIN’ ON ABACO


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GEE! BEES!! HIVE TALKIN’ ON ABACO

This post concerns the bees of Abaco, with little or no apology for the cultural cross-reference to the dread mid-70’s musical era. If you wish to experience the full horror, scroll straight to the bottom of the page and relive those heady days of Barry, Robin & Maurice… 

The bees on Abaco south of Marsh Harbour are mostly wild. The header photo shows the West Indian Woodpecker nest box near the skiff park at Delphi that has become the exclusive residence of bees. They have a profusion of flowers in the Delphi Club gardens to choose from, but it is not practical to keep hives for them. So they are left to do their own thing. Here they were last month, being busy.

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During the past year I have found 2 places between Delphi and MH that keep hives. One is PEPPER POT FARMS – click the name to reach their FB page. You can get their honey direct or in MH for $6.75 a pot. I enjoyed their evidence of why bees are called ‘workers’…

5 FUN BEE FACTS

  • Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey. 
  • Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey. 
  • On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. 
  • Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
  • Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.

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The other place with hives is ABACO NEEM FARMS, the base for the production of the stock at the Abaco Neem shop on the way into MH from the roundabout

. The owner Nick has installed 2 hives which we had a look at when we took up his invitation to bird-watch there. It is something of a birding hotspot, benefitting from pine woods, coppice, fruit trees and open land over a large area. 

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There was plenty of bee action around the hives on a warm sunny day and plenty of plants for them to feed from. We watched them come and go, the returning bees having filled their trouser pockets with pollen.Abaco Neem Farm Hives 4 Abaco Neem Farm Hives 5

There are both cultivated and wild flowers all over the place, with bees feasting on plants and fruit trees of many kinds. I liked the bright flower chosen by this bee. Abaco Neem Farm Hives 6

I’ll be posting more about the birds and plants of the Neem Farm in a while. Meanwhile, here are a couple of links to previous relevant links.

 TO SEE AN EARLIER ABACO BEE POST, CLICK HERE

TO SEE A CUBAN PEWEE AT THE NEEM FARM CLICK HERE

Finally, here is your chance to roll back the years with the Brothers Gibb. And below it, an excellent corrective!

This excellent Bee Gee parody by the “Hee Bee Gee Bees” called “Meaningless Songs in Very High Voices” is live from Sweden. Well, it still makes me laugh anyway (they also ripped off and ripped into Bowie, Jackson, The Police, Status Quo & many more).

8 thoughts on “GEE! BEES!! HIVE TALKIN’ ON ABACO

  1. Ah, now time on Sunday morning to do a catch up of blog reading…

    I’m sure Abaco bees would approve the Bee-Gees reference! Curious about foragers around the neem farm, I wonder if their honey has any of neem’s antibacterial properties?

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    • A perfect time to catch up… The hives are a new project, but the thinking is that the honey will indeed have bonus neem properties. There are a number of other plants and trees grown on the farm, also used in ‘Abaco Neem’™ products. I have a post on this in the wings. So to speak. I’ll include herbalism-type info to feed your other speciality! RH

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  2. Great blogpost RH – love the stats about the effort it takes to create honey… Not to mention the lone roundabout… About to visit google earth to count its number of exits! Best regards – metiefly

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    • And there’s only one set of traffic lights on the island, in the main town. They only work intermittently, and no one takes any notice of them anyway! I’ll look at the exciting Mark 2 fly shortly – looks promising at first sight! RH

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    • Aha! I’m ahead of you there, Char! This was about the position on south Abaco, where previously I’d been unable to locate hives apart from rumours. I’ve seen your great bee pics from MoW, though, and know about the honey… I was planning to ask you to do a short piece on the MoW hives and honey. Do you have the time? If not, it can wait. There’s no hurry.

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