The Bees have arrived!

Last Updated on May 2, 2014 at 11:30am |

May 1, 2014

Learning partners, Gary and Sharon Hoover, populated the two hives in Route 40's new honeybee apiary. Students were able to learn how the bees are shipped and the role the queen plays in maintaining the hive population. Mr. Hoover explained how she releases a pheromone that allows the workers, drones, and guards to always identify the correct hive. Students will be gathering data on weather, temperatures and bee behavior to analyze how the weather impacts bees. Staff will be feeding the bees a sugar water until the flowering season begins. This project was made possible thanks to the support of the Route 40 PTO and a Chesapeake Bay Trust mini grant.