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Southwest Honey Co. prepares for summer educational programs as bees start collecting pollen

Megan Ryan took FOX 55 inside the hives, combing through for a closer look at these busy creatures.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 4:49 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 3:16 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Maybe you've heard the buzz. Southwest Honey Co. is preparing for their educational season as the bees show early signs of collecting pollen. 

”Honey bees typically are not aggressive. They’re different than wasps and hornets, which often get confused with honey bees," said Megan Ryan with Southwest Honey. 

Ryan took FOX 55 inside the hives, combing through for a closer look at these busy creatures. 

”They’re getting ready for their high season of foraging and collecting pollen and nectar," she said. 

Ryan said Southwest Honey spends the summer teaching kids and their parents all about bees, and showing them they're a friend, not a foe. 

“We’re actually going into our fourth season for these programs. We have had over 3,000 participants up to this point. It’s a super great, fun, hands-on program for kids," she said. 

Ryan said there's a lot people don't know about bees. To communicate, they do a dance called the waggle. It shows the other bees where to go for more pollen. 

The queen is currently hard at work laying eggs for the upcoming season. The workers, while starting to collect pollen, are also removing their dead that didn't make it through the winter from the hive, and leaving them in the nearby grass. 

The bees are advanced creatures, and you can learn more about them at the educational programs, or by visiting their website. 

”Our website is a great resource. We have information to contact us but also how to help bees, how to get involved, all about our education programs, and that’s southwesthoney.com.” 

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