Hi to everyone,
Allow me to introduce ourselves. My wife's name is Gemma and my name is Ray. We have been raising honeybees for five years in New Jersey and West Virginia. We have passion for learning about honeybees.
When I got into beekeeping in March of 2010, I noticed that there was no organized group of beekeepers on Staten Island. Every other borough had one, but not Staten Island. That's when I decided to start this one. I was curious to know how much response it would get. I'm happy to see that the membership has been growing steadily and there is a core group of active members.
The mission of this group is to promote beekeeping and educate the public about the importance of honeybees. Please join and participate if you have any interest in supporting these efforts.
Honeybee FactsHoneybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked. The purpose of the honeybee hive is to support the existence of the colony. The queens purpose is to lay eggs and she may live for 3-4 years, the worker honeybees feed and nurture the eggs so that they hatch in 21 days and they may live up to 6-7weeks. The worker bees pollinate our plants while collecting nectar and pollen to make honey to feed the developing bees. Drone bees may live up to 3-4 months and their primary role is to mate with the queen so she can lay eggs.
If you spot any swarms, please notify us immediately since they don't stay very long. Also inform your friends and neighbors that they are not aggressive and they should not spray to kill them!! They are especially docile when swarming and preparing to relocate to their new home. They will not attack or bother anyone. There is always someone in the group interested in the captured swarm and their survival.
Importance of Honeybees
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is drastically reducing the number of honeybees which affects our food supply due to the lack of pollination the bees offer to our crops.
Quoted from the mother nature network: "Just how important are honeybees to the human diet? Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed. One Cornell University study estimated that honeybees annually pollinate $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S. Essentially, if honeybees disappear, they could take most of our insect pollinated plants with them, potentially reducing mankind to little more than a water diet." (http://www.mnn.com/local-reports/pennsylvan...)