Beekeepers from the left: Jan Urban, Zdenek Miskovsky, Vaclav Urban
Friday, January 30, 2009
In a fully beveloped hive is:
300 - 600 Drones
40 - 60 thousand Workers
Queen lives two or three years and deposits about 1500 eggs a day. Worker usualy lives 40 days and flies up to 800 km during its flow. Winter generation lives 6 - 7 months. Drone, a bee male, lives with a hive from spring till autumn. Hive needs pollen - bee bread and honey stored in waxen combs to provide for its keep.
Urban family apiaries keeps 180 bee colonies placed in two spots in the Czech Republic. One location is the Czech and Moravian Highlands. It is an area characterised by flow of cultivated plants like rape, phacelia and clover. But also provides a flow of spruce forests in the peak of summer. The other location is a ridge part of Vsetin Hils (600 m above s. l.) a part of Walachia. Walachia is part of Beskydy Mountains foothils. There is the beekeeping influensed by border of the cold mountine climate and the mild lowland climate. There are no cultivated plants grown in this area, that's why its flow is characterised by mountine meadows, pastures, mixed forests and individual fruit trees.