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Honey Bee Project

After several years of planning with the City of Havre de Grace, members of the Havre de Green Team are proud honey beekeepers. The apiary is located behind the Seneca Community Garden on Seneca Avenue in the Todd Park area.  This is truly a community project.  Second graders at Havre de Grace Elementary School painted the hive boxes, the City of Havre de Grace Department of Public Works helped install the protective fencing, and volunteers set up the hives in May 2019.


This apiary project was developed to help support the endangered pollinator population.  In 2019, the US lost 40.7% of its honey bee hives, the most in 13 years or research.

Research has revealed that globally, one out of every three spoonfuls that we eat requires pollination. Since honey bees travel to and from the hive, nearby community gardens and the Food Forest will benefit greatly from this frequent pollination process.

How to Identify Honey Bees
How To Identify Bees And Hornets

Humans have managed honey bees for about 8,500 years. The European honey bee was imported to the US as early as 1622 and spread ahead of European colonization. Honey bees are selected for their lack of aggression as well as honey production, although they will sting if provoked. Honey bees (except for the queen) can only sting once and then die. Male bees (drones) cannot sting at all. On the other hand, wasps and yellow jackets are more aggressive and can sting multiple times. Here is an identification guide to help you distinguish the friendly honey bee from other more aggressive species. (Photo credit: Wake County Beekeepers)

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