The Beginning Of Our Beekeeping Journey
Since 2020, bees have become an important part of our multigenerational family.
Learning and Growing in Beekeeping
Together with my father – Tadeusz Pietruszyński – we started our adventure together with 6 bee families purchased from a friendly forester from Kurpie. By devoting time and attention to them, we explored the wisdom of these insects step by step. Because we learned breeding from scratch, we made mistakes and failures. Looking for sources of proven knowledge, we found the best in the region – the Educational Farm Warmińska Pszczoła – from where we obtained practical tips for further work.
The Natural Habitat of Our Bees
Our bees live in Pęchratka Polska – a small village in Podlasie, the hives are surrounded by a large orchard, fields and meadows full of melliferous plants – rapeseed, linden and phacelia. Taken care of by my father, Tadeusz, they form an important part of the ecosystem around us.
The Joy of Beekeeping and Sharing Our Honey
For three years, we have had our own honey from Pasieka Pietruszyńskich. Working together on the hives brings us a lot of joy, and we take satisfaction in seeing how efficiently our bee families function. We are happy to share the fruits of this work – offering you the healthiest and sweetest of nature – honey!
Fascinating Fact About Bees
Bees see ultraviolet light, aiding in flower location.
They can fly at speeds up to 15 mph.
Worker bees live about six weeks, queens for years.
A bee produces roughly 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
They have five eyes for enhanced perception.
The Buzz About Bees
The Life Cycle of Bees
The life cycle of bees is a remarkable journey, beginning as an egg laid by the queen bee. These eggs hatch into larvae, which are then fed by worker bees. The larvae undergo a metamorphosis, transforming into pupae before emerging as adult bees. This cycle varies among species, but the fundamental stages of egg, larva, pupa, and adult are consistent.
Types of Bees
There are over 20,000 species of bees, each with unique characteristics. The most well-known species is the European honeybee, famous for honey production. Other species include bumblebees, known for their larger bodies and distinct buzzing sound, and solitary bees, which live alone rather than in colonies.
The Role of the Queen, Workers, and Drones
In a bee colony, roles are distinctly divided. The queen bee is the sole egg layer, the heart of the hive. Worker bees, which are female, perform various tasks such as foraging for nectar and pollen, caring for the larvae, and maintaining the hive. Drones, the male bees, have one primary role – to mate with a queen, after which they typically die.