Live Bee Cam: Worker Bees Collect Pollen and Nectar for Honey
The Peoples Garden Apiary is bursting with activity this spring. Get a front row seat with the USDA Bee Watch as female honeybees working to collect nectar and pollen to convert to honey.
The first beehive was installed on Earth Day in 2010 and a second hive was later added in 2011. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland helps keep these colonies of bees strong and healthy so they can pollinate crops growing at National Headquarter’s People’s Garden and neighboring landscapes. An added bonus is the delicious honey, approximately 18 gallons worth, extracted from the hive since 2010.
The beehives consist of wooden box-like sections stacked on top of each other. Each box (or super) holds 8-10 wooden frames, each containing a thin sheet of wax foundation. The bees build their combs on these foundations.
Honey is stored in the combs in the upper parts of the hive. When the bees have filled the combs in the upper section with honey and covered them with wax caps, the beekeeper takes them away to extract the honey. Take a virtual tour of the People’s Garden Apiary for a look inside the hive and the fascinating world of beekeeping.
Happy Pollinator Week!