We love our bees!
Check out our healthy bees happily grazing on what nature is providing seasonally, in turn producing beautiful, native, raw honey that is organically certified.
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Today is #WorldBeeDay and we are celebrating our hard-working pollinators for the essential role they play in keeping people and the planet healthy! Did you know bees play vital roles in... 🐝 Food security 🐝 Biodiversity 🐝 Ecosystem Health Where would we be without these little guys?!"
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "It's true when they say bees truly are vital to our planet. The greatest contribution of bees and other pollination is focused on feeding the world's population. They pollinate nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world's food. A third of the world's food production depends on bees! Now if that's not incredible, we don't know what is! 🤷♂️"
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Happy Wednesday to all of our Honey lovers! We love to take a closer look at how our honey bees are faring in their continued hard work! With over two thousand acres of pristine rainforest wetlands to explore, our worker bees travel far and wide to collect their nectar to bring back to the hive! We are grateful to all of the amazing bees in the Bungawalbin Valley!"
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Ever wondered how may bees are in a colony? It's estimated at 60,000! Among these many bees are the drones, or male bees, whose primary focus is to mate with the queen. Meanwhile the worker bees function as nurse bees, housekeepers, and foragers! Every being has a job in this complex ecosystem!"
So, what really happens when bees pollinate? When a bee collects nectar and pollen from a plant, some of the pollen will stick to the hairs of the bees body. When visiting the neighbouring flowers, some of the pollen will be rubbed off, allowing fertilisation to happen! It's no wonder bees are always to busy!
Meluka Australia on Instagram: Do you know about the order of a beehive? The organised society that makes up a bee hive consists of a queen bee, the workers bees, and male honey bees (also known as drones). When it comes to the hard work, the female worker bees are on the job! The worker bees produce honeycomb which comprises the hexagon shaped cells through the consumption of honey produced from the collected flower nectar.
Meluka Australia on Instagram:"You've probably heard of honeycomb at some point, but do you know what it does? Each honeycomb cell is made out of beeswax, a natural wax made by bees, to ensure a safe place to create and store their honey. These cells are also: - Necessary for bees to survive the cold months. - Supports the raising of new bees. - Allows bees to deposit pollen directly into cells. - Allows communication through vibrations. There's no end to the talents of our beautiful bees!"
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Happy #AustralianPollinatorWeek! From 8 - 15 November communities all around Australia come together to celebrate our bees and the role they play in our ecosystem. You can get involved in events near you by visiting their website at www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au."
Did you know that bees have glands in their mouths which secrete an enzyme known as the "bee enzyme"? When a bee collects nectar, it is mixed with their bee enzyme and taken back to the bee hive where the nectar is passed from one bee to another, further mixing the nectar with the enzymes. This turns the nectar into honey!
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Did you know? A bee produces one teaspoon of honey in her lifetime, that's equivalent to about 5 grams! We're so grateful to our bees for working so hard, which is why we are dedicated to supporting sustainable beekeeping practices on our farm. What's your favourite thing about our precious bees? Let us know below!"
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Did you know that there are over 20,000 species of bees around the world? Unfortunately, this number is predicted to drop as a result of problems such as pesticides, diseases, pests and monocultures. As such vital members of our ecosystem, we must do what we can to protect them! By providing our bees with 2000 acres of organic farmland to forage from, we can keep them away from pesticides or chemicals that might be harmful to their health."
Meluka Australia on Instagram: "Bee appreciation time Our beloved bees are some of the most valuable species on the planet. Did you know that almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on bees to pollinate them? That means that one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators! At Meluka Australia, we're dedicated to protecting our unique ecosystem by using sustainable beekeeping practices. Click the link in our bio to learn more about it."