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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Top Ten Cool Things About the Amazing Honeybee

10. A honeybee strokes its wings at a tremendous speed of 11,400 times per minute. This stroking helps to produce the unique bee buzz we get to hear when it flies.

9. The queen lays upwards of 1200 eggs per day.

8. Honeybees do a dance which alerts other bees where nectar and pollen was located. The dance explains direction and distance. Bees also communicate by secreting pheromones (for example, alarm pheromones to indicate danger or to repel enemies).

7. There are approximately 600,000 honeybee colonies in Canada.

6. A honeybee visits approximately 50 to 100 flowers every day. Those little wings must get tired.

5. A honeybee can fly at the speed of 15 mph. It is also known to venture as far as 6 miles to collect nectar from flowers.

4. Honeybees are naturally docile and well-behaved – unlike their more aggressive cousins, wasps and hornets. Honeybees rarely sting when they are foraging for pollen in flowers or in a garden. Protecting their colony (their home) is their primary concern – therefore, the beekeeper is most likely to agitate the bees. In the end, it is the beekeeper that is at risk of getting stung, rather than the general public.

3. All the bees in a particular colony smell alike, allowing guard bees to easily spot intruders.

2. Bees cannot recognize the color red… but, they do see ultraviolet colors.


1. Honey bees are the only insects that make food for us!

Posted by Gianna Wichelow / in Did you Know? / comments (2) / permalink

buzzzzzolina (5/28/2010 4:39:20 PM)
How marvellous!! What a great, wonderful idea to put bees on the COC rooftop. Congratulations!
Gianna Wichelow (7/14/2010 5:00:39 PM)
Thank you Ms Buzzzzzolina!


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