Honeybees at the COC

 

The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to be part of the ever-growing support of honeybees, Currently we host seven hives onthe roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Follow the honeybees' progress on Parlando, with visits and posts from beekeeper Fred Davis!

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5/25/2010

Queens, Drones and Workers - oh my!

There are three types of honeybee: the queen, the worker, and the drone.

THE QUEEN BEE
There is only one queen per hive. She grows one and a half times larger than the other bees, lives 40 times longer than the workers (up to seven years), and can lay between 1,200 and 2,000 eggs a day, which may be her weight in eggs. Ouch!

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5/21/2010

Other Urban Hives

Surprisingly, we're not the first opera company to have honeybees on our roof, as Paris Opera's two houses have had bees on their roofs for about 25 years... but we're probably the second! Let's hope a lot more opera houses get on board with bees. Click here to see the bees of the Paris Opera.

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City Life more Healthy Than Country Life?

For bees, yes.

Urban areas are an ideal environment for honeybees, as bees in agricultural and suburban areas are faced with the risk of being poisoned by pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides.

Who knew?

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