Busy bees at Brussels Airport

May 28, 2014

Bees are tremendously important in nature as well as for food production. Did you know that 7 in 10 vegetable and fruit species would not even exist if it were not for bees? Which explains why the current high mortality rate among bees is a huge problem.

The time to act is now and the airport was eager to do its bit. Yesterday 27 May, two beehives were set up at our site. Each hive is home to some 50,000 worker bees, 5,000 drones (male bees) and 1 queen bee.

A beekeeper looks after the colony. Insects are not a problem to an airport as long as they do not attract birds or start swarming out. In our part of the world, there are no birds that eat bees.

Every two weeks, the beekeeper checks to make sure the queen bee is still fit enough to handle her colony. If necessary, she is replaced with a younger bee. What will happen to the honey remains to be seen, but we are expecting a yield anywhere from 15 to possibly even 60 kilos.

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