Bees are Not Pests
Bees are actually beneficial insects. This means that they play an important role for our survival. Bees are super pollinators that pollinate up to 80% of flowering plants in the world. In other words, without bees, we would have no food!
Not All Bees Sting
Singapore has about 200 bee species but not all of them sting!
In fact, the stingless bee species actually don't even have stingers - like the Smooth-Headed Stingless Bee we have in Singapore.
Among the stinging bee species here, the most common one is the Asian Honeybee. Other stinging bee species are the Carpenter Bee, Leafcutter Bee and the stunning Himalayan Cloak-and-Dagger Bee.
Because they sting, many people think of bees as dangerous. The reality is bees are peaceful creatures. They only attack when they feel threatened or if their hives are disturbed - which is a natural response!
Bees Can Be Relocated
When you see a huge bunch of bees, don’t panic.
The bees are actually swarming and very unlikely to attack.
Swarming happens when the bee colony becomes too large. The Queen Bee and a large group of Worker Bees will leave the hive to find a new location, leaving the rest to swarm while waiting.
That is why the bees “disappear” after a few days – they’ve gone off to their new home!
How We Relocate Bees
Because we want to do it the right away, ORIGIN partnered with Singapore’s favourite bee farmer, Mr John Chong, to teach and train our team. On the beautiful and fun BEE AMAZED GARDEN, we learned about various bee species, their biology and most importantly, how to safely bring bees to their new home.
“Along our journey, we were fortunate to have Mothership join us to share how we do bee relocation to Singapore’s beloved bee farm.”
BEE AMAZED GARDEN
Did you know that a bee visits up to 3000 flowers a day?
And yet all we remember about them is their sting!
After more than 30 years with MOE as an educator in Singapore, when John discovered his love for bees, he designed BEE AMAZED Garden to be a lovely home for bees and a fun place for anyone who wants to learn about bees!
BEE AMAZED Garden offers the full spectrum:
educational programmes, honey tasting, environmental talks, corporate workshops and even basic beekeeping lessons!
Check out this great feature on John by ASIAONE
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