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Hard Life

To collect a pound of honey a bee might have to fly a distance equivalent to twice round the world. This is likely to involve more than 10,000 flower visits on perhaps 500 foraging trips.
A worker honeybee in summer lives only 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee. Before that, it takes just 3 weeks for her to develop from an egg.

All facts for Bee Diseases


Published 13.Feb.2012, 11:22pm

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Protect your bees


BeeBase is a FREE online service provided by the National Bee Unit (NBU) to help protect you and your fellow beekeepers from colony threatening pests and diseases. If there is a disease outbreak in your area, the NBU team uses BeeBase to contact local beekeepers and arrange for precautionary inspections to check for any signs of infection, and to advise on what to do.

BeeBase is also a fantastic source of information on:

  • pest and disease recognition and control
  • the legislation you need to know
  • key contacts in the NBU
  • known pest and disease outbreaks through regularly updated interactive maps
  • current areas of research into honey bee protection

Don’t put your bees at risk – register on BeeBase

How to register

Go online to:
By email:
By phone: 01904 462510
This leaflet was produced as part of the Healthy Bees Plan.
The Healthy Bees Plan aims to address the challenges facing beekeepers in sustaining the health of honey bees and beekeeping in England and Wales. It has been jointly developed by Governments, beekeepers, their associations and other stakeholders.

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