Film in Toscana | A swarm of bees at Casa Vacanze Podere Santa Pia |  Bee collecting pollen

Bee collecting pollen

Bee collecting pollen [1]
A swarm of bees at Casa Vacanze Podere Santa Pia |  Bee collecting pollen


Bee colonies


Bees constitute a number of families, with some 20,000 species. They possess the most astonishing knowledge of engineering and architecture in the animal kingdom, stand out from many other creatures in terms of their social lives, and amaze scientists who study their means of communication.
The bees dealt with in this book possess rather different properties from other insect species. They live in colonies, building their nests in tree trunks or similar closed areas. A bee colony consists of a queen, a few hundred males, and from 10,000 to 80,000 workers. Of these three very different-looking bees, two-the queen and the workers-are female.
There is one queen to each colony, and she is much larger in size than the other bees. Her main task is to lay eggs. Reproduction can take place only by means of the queen, and no other females are able to mate with the drone males. In addition to laying eggs, the queen also secretes important communicative substances that maintain the unity of the colony and the working of the various systems inside it.
The drones are larger than the female w or kers, though they lack stings and the necessary organs to collect food for themselves. Their only function is to fertilize the queen. The worker bees perform all such other tasks that you might imagine, including making the waxen combs in the hive, gathering food, producing royal jelly, regulating the temperature in the hive, cleaning it of debris and defending it. [2]

Bee collecting pollen

Bees collect pollen in their pollen baskets and carry it back to the hive. In the hive, pollen is used as a protein source necessary during brood-rearing. In certain environments, excess pollen can be collected from the hives of A. mellifera and A. cerana. It is often eaten as a health supplement. It also has been used with moderate success as a source of pollen for hand pollination However, pollen collected by bees and harvested for pollination must be used within a few hours because it loses its potency rapidly, possibly because of the effects of enzymes or other chemicals from the bees.

YouTube | Bees in the garden - Catching a swarm of bees at Casa Vacanze Podere Santa Pia



Bienenkoenigin 43a   Apis mellifera carnica worker hive entrance 3   Bienen 35b-Detail

Queen bee (center)


  Worker bee  

Larger drones compared to smaller workers



The first hive at Podere Santa Pia


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Bees in a hollow oak  

A swarm attached to a branch



  How to capture a swarm


Walking in southern Tuscany | Itineraries exploring Castiglioncello Bandini and the Mediterranean macchia in the valleys around the village

Brief itinerary exploring the Mediterranean macchia and calanchi in the valley between Podere Santa Pia and Cinigiano

Circular Trail | Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia

Lenghth: 3,85 km, 1 hour 20 minutes

Easy, except for the track halfway

Through the woods to Castiglioncello Bandini

Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia or the Castle of Castiglioncello Bandini

Lenghth: 6 km, 1 hour 55 minutes

Easy | 227 m upwards, 227 m downwards

From Podere Santa Pia (Castiglioncello Bandini) to Cinigiano

Lenghth: 8,34 km


Hiking along the Rancioa riverbed, in the hidden valleys below Castiglioncello Bandini

Circular Trail | Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia

Lenghth: 4,42 km, 1 hour 31 minutes

Easy, except for the essential part of the track beyond Podere Federano, where you reach and follow the Rancioa riverbed

Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Case vacanza in Toscana | Podere Santa Pia

Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia
, Giuseppe Ungaretti
Podere Santa Pia

Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia







[1] Photo by Jon Sullivan -, released into the public domain
[2] Source: HARUN YAHYA, The Miracle Of The Honeybee

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