Welcome to a world of wonder!
New Rowse Wonder Bee honey is mild in taste and fortified with Vitamin C which helps supports the immune system. It comes in two honey bee characters: Whizzy the Worker bee and Lizzy the Queen bee.
Whizzy and Lizzy have helped us create this special part of the Rowse website for you and your little ones to learn and enjoy together. Join us below to learn more about the wonderful world of bees and honey – and some simple ways that together we can help protect the marvellous honey bees and keep this world buzzing!
What is honey?
Honey is a thick, golden liquid produced by honey bees, using the nectar of plants.
Why do bees make honey?
Bees make honey so that they’ll have something to eat in winter, when there are no flowers in bloom for them to collect nectar from. Beekeepers then only take the excess honey that bees don’t need and put it into jars and bottles for everyone else to enjoy. Don’t worry – there’s plenty of honey to go around, so the bees don’t mind sharing it with us too.
How do bees make honey?
Firstly, they land on a flower or a plant, suck the nectar up and store it in their tummies. Back at the hive, they change this nectar into honey. They then drop the nectar down into a honeycomb cell in their bee hive and fan it with their wings until it dries and it becomes thick and golden. To keep it fresh for winter, the bees then seal the top of the honeycomb with wax – which they make themselves from inside their body.
Honey bees have a funny way of letting the other bees from their hive know where they can find a good source of food. They perform a special wiggling ‘waggle’ dance with their body that shows directions to the best local plants.
What kind of honey bees are there?
In every hive there are thousands of female worker bees and male drone bees – and then one very special Queen bee. Her job is to lay eggs to create more bees and she can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day! She is bigger than the other bees and her tail and wings are longer. The beekeeper often puts a little dab of paint on her back, to spot her easily amongst the thousands of other bees in the hive.
Why are there so many different types of honey?
We now know that honey is made by bees after collecting nectar from flowers. But did you know that different nectars turn into different types of honey? This means the different flowers that honeybees go and visit can affect the colour, taste and even smell of the honey that they then create.
How long has honey been around?
Ages and ages! From the Ancient Egyptians to Vikings and Tudors – it seems like everybody through the ages has enjoyed the taste of honey. There have been jars of old honey that have been found still sealed in the tombs of Egypt by adventurous archaeologists and some ancient honey bee fossils have been discovered that are over 150 million years old!
What do beekeepers do?
Beekeepers help bees by making hives for them to live in. Beekeepers make regular visits to the hives to check on the bees and the honey. When they see the honey’s ripe, they take a few frames of honeycomb out – leaving the bees with plenty for themselves. The beekeepers then slice the wax top off the honeycomb and get out all the honey they need. Now the honey’s ready to be packed into glass jars or squeezy bottles and sent to shops for us all to buy and enjoy.
Why are bees so important and special?
Bees pollinate two thirds of the world’s crops and flowers. Which means they make two thirds of all our plants grow, giving us food to eat and lovely flowers to enjoy. Bees pollinate everything from onions to avocados, apples and strawberries… just to name a few!
How can I help look after the honey bees?
1) Try and plant lots of plants and flowers in your garden so the bees can collect the nectar they need.Bee favourites include Marjoram, Dahlias, Lavender and Borage.
2) Plant lots of different plants near each other so the bees don’t have to travel too far.
3) Don’t weed your garden too much or mown the lawn too often – the bees love all plants!
4) Make sure there is somewhere in your garden for bees to drink from. They’re too small to be able to drink from a pond or bird table so try putting a little water on a plate or in a small bowl to help them out.