Saturday, October 13, 2012

Jim Power - Bee Keeper

Jim Power is a local beekeeper from Carrick. He came to our school to talk to us about bees. He visited our school on Wednesday the 10th of October. We learned lots of new things. This is what we learned from Jim:

·       We learned that bees are kept in an apiary which is a type of beehive. It has lots of different sections that the bees live in.
·       Jim told us that the body of a bee has three sections; a head, a thorax and an abdomen. Bees have six legs that come from the thorax.
·       About two thirds of the worlds food depends on bees. They pollinate flowers and trees that then produce fruits and berries.
·       The first alcoholic drink was called mead and was made using honey.
·       There is one queen bee in every beehive and there can be up to 60,000 bees in a hive.

Find the Queen Bee
·        Bees can live up to four or five years, but in summer the worker bees can work themselves to death in six weeks.

What Jim showed us:

·       Jim brought some very special guests with him. BEES! He brought about 1,500 bees with him, including a queen bee.
·       Jim showed us some bees wax candles, models and moulds. He told us how to make candles from bees wax.
·       He showed us a skep, which is an old kind of beehive that was used before apiaries were made.
·       Jim showed us a slideshow of everything to do with bees. It was very interesting and we all learned a lot.

We thank Jim Power for coming to our school and teaching loads of new things about bees and their place in biodiversity.

By Rosa Wheaton 6th class