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Regina and District Bee Club

Did you Know
A Worker Bee that is out gathering nectar is not likely to sting, but if she is at the hive, and feels the hive is being threatened, she will attack and sting. If honey bees feel their hive is threatened, they will often emit “attack” pheromones. These pheromones will signal other worker bees to join in the attack.

The stinger on a honey bee is barbed and will lodge in the skin of its victim. Once lodged, the bee’s abdomen will be ripped from its body and cause the stinging bee to die within minutes. The Honey Bee is the only species of Bee’s to die after stinging. The sting injects apitoxin (a bitter colorless liquid) in its victim, and also releases more “alarm” pheromones at the site. If you are stung, beware because there are likely more bees coming. The bee can inject approximately 0.1mg of venom through its stinger. The active portion of the bee venom is a complex mixture of proteins which causes inflammation and acts as an anticoagulant. Apitoxin is similar to snake venom and nettle toxin.

The main component of bee venom is the toxin melittin (a strong anti-inflammatory agent); histamine and other biogenic amines may also contribute to pain and itching.

If you are stung by a honey bee, it is important
to remove the stinger as soon as possible. This will reduce the amount of venom that is being injected. Once the sting has been removed, apply “ice” to help reduce pain and swelling.

A normal reaction to a bee sting would be itching and swelling that may last for up to a week and cover an area of 3 to 4 inches. For approximately 1 - 2 per cent of people, anaphylactic shock from certain proteins in the venom can be life-threatening and will require emergency treatment by a trained physician. This type of allergic reaction will force many to carry “epinephrine” in the form of an EpiPen just to be safe. Speak to your Doctor if you are concerned that you may be allergic to bee stings.

 
Drones, or male Honey Bees, do not have a stinger!
 
Queen Bees will “likely” only sting another Queen.
 
It’s easy to make a healthy difference and add the unique flavor of honey to all your recipes:
  • Substitute 250 ml (1 cup) of honey for 250 ml of sugar and reduce liquids by ¼ cup
  • Add ½ teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used
  • To prevent honey from sticking to utensils and measuring cups, coat them lightly with vegetable oil or vegetable oil spray
  • If the recipe calls for oil, measure it in the cup first
  • Honey is easier to pour and measure when it is warm
  • Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for older children.
Pure Honey 100% Canadian Pamphlet, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Honey Council
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 16:09
 

At the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food meeting on December 8, 2009, the committee recommended that the government follow in the footsteps of the Province of Saskatchewan and the over 40 Municipalities across Canada that have issued proclamations declaring May 29, 2010, as the Day of the Honey Bee.

It was a unanimous vote, making, May 29, 2010 the first National Honey Bee Day. Check it out at:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4310703&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2

Here is a Link to their facebook page!
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:18
 
Since honey has the ability to absorb and retain moisture, it is used in the baking industry to keep baked goods fresh and moist.
 
In the 16th century, Conquering Spaniards found that the natives of Mexico and Central America had already
developed beekeeping. A distinct family of stingless bees (not true honey bees) was native to these regions.
 

The popular and varied uses of honey as a medicine in ancient Egypt can be seen in Egyptian medical texts dating back to about 2,500 B.C. In these texts, honey is listed in hundreds of remedies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 16:42
 

European settlers introduced European honey bees to New England in about 1638. North American natives called these honey bees the "white man's flies." Honey was used to prepare food and beverages, to make cement, to preserve fruits, to concoct furniture paste-polish and varnish and for medicinal purposes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 09:08