There are nearly 20,000 species of bees in the world and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. The best-known species of bee is the European honey bee (Apis mellifera). Commonly referred to as simply the ‘honey bee’, this species, as its name suggests, produces honey, as do a number of other types of bees. Human management of this species is known as beekeeping or apiculture.
Not only is the European honey bee responsible for producing the sweet honey that we adore for breakfast; it is also incredibly important as a vector of pollination. This is the process where the male sex cells of a plant are transferred from the male organs (the anthers) to the female organs (the stigmas) – both of these structures form part of the flowers. Once fertilization has taken place the fruit or seeds can develop and mature.
Some plants have different strategies to achieve pollination. Many grasses rely on the wind to carry pollen successfully to its destination, however most fruit and vegetables require pollination by insects. From a simple vegetable patch to a large orchard, fruits and vegetables are produced as endemic insects go about their business of collecting nectar and transferring pollen. But introduce a honey bee hive (or hives) and this will dramatically increase yield through more effective pollination.
I offer a bee pollination service that can help you optimize pollination and therefore crop yield. My apiary is based in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and I can pick up and deliver throughout Victoria. In the near future I will be extending operations to adjoining states. No job is too big or too small – I can rent out a single hive or as many as 100 hives.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact me.