We have been keeping our own honey bees for a couple of years or so now. Each September we take a little heather honey if the hives can spare it. We hope you will get the opportunity to enjoy the honey for yourself at our breakfast table. In the distance you can see the bees going off to forage (pollinating as they go) and return to the hive with their bounty.

Western or European Honey Bees
(Apis mellifera)

A honey bee (or honeybee) is any member of the genus Apis. It is most importantly distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. In the early 21st century only seven species of honey bee are recognised, in contrast historically it is eleven.

Would we starve without bees?

The best known is the Western honey bee which has rather been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the roughly 20,000 known species of bees. Certainly other types of related bees produce and store honey and have been kept by humans for that purpose. Above all, however, only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.