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Polo Club Buzzing With Resident Honey Bees

September 15, 2017
Honey Been on Yellow Flower

Honey Bee

Joining the fight in saving our local pollinators, the Polo Club Boca Raton helps honey bees survive by setting up several colonies near the canal that separate the community from the Polo Shoppes.

Not only are the residents able to enjoy fresh honey but the honey bees pollinate everything within approximately two miles away (sometimes as far as six!), which is important for the local environment, meaning the bees are here to stay at the popular Boca Raton country club.

Importance of Honey Bees

Did you know that honey bees have been around for millions of years? Honey bees, also known as Apis mellifera, are recognized as a vital member of our environment. They pollinate flowers, which in turn is vital for the production fruits and vegetables we consume. Bees are absolutely necessary for the survival of humans. Even the crops fed to our livestock are pollinated by these little buzzing insects.

The hives were set up in March 2017, hidden away in a quiet section, allowing the bees to work away in peace. The colonies contain around 30,000 bees, housing a queen, baby bees, and honey. Beekeeper Sierra manages the bee hives for the Polo Club. She also manages the hives for the Broken Sound and Admiral’s Cove communities, also located in South Florida. She recommends that if you come across any type of bee to simply leave it alone.

Wild Bees

Another reason to keep managed hives on the property is to mitigate the displacement of wild bees since these bees tend to be more aggressive and defensive of their hives. Worker bees sting when they feel threatened. Wild bees also have a habit of developing hives in unwanted places. The amazing thing about bees is their ability to learn and remember things. With the introduction of managed hives, these types of honey bees tend to be less defensive and mitigate breeding opportunities to reduce the chances of overpopulation of wild bees. This leads to a reduction in aggressive wild bees, meaning it’s a win-win situation for the bees, the environment, and of course, all other life on the planet.

Fun Bee Facts

  • The queen bee can lay up to 1,500 eggs every day (2,500 in the summer months!) in the three to five years of her life.
  • Honey bees have personalities.
  • Many honey bees have a pollen basket or corbicula on their legs for the collection of pollen.
  • Other honey bees have a scopa, which serves the same purpose but not enclosed.
  • Worker bees only live for four to six weeks.
  • Bees can recognize faces, using “configural processing.”
  • It’s the sole insect that produces food—honey—eaten by humans.
  • The honeybee’s wings beat up to 200 beats per second.
  • Only worker bees sting and then die shortly afterward.
  • Honey bees communicate with each other through dancing, aka, the “waggle dance.”
  • Bees have nearly 170 odorant receptors.

Polo Club Real Estate

The Polo Club Boca Raton boasts the finest amenities, along with an esteemed reputation as a leading South Florida country club that strives to provide unparalleled services to all its members. If you are thinking about buying or selling luxury real estate, you should be aware that it is a task requiring knowledge, ability, and skill. Michael and Wendy Ledwitz possess more than 47 years of luxury real estate experience and understand the intricacies of the real estate market. Contact them at 561-529-5600 for more information.

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