In Belgium alone, more than 380 species have been identified...

Beeodiversity: les abeillesBees

There are numerous bee species (Apoidea). In Belgium alone, more than 380 species have been identified. Among those, you have bumblebees and Osmia bees.

Wild bees and honeybees are essential to our ecosystems. Their ecological and morphological characteristics make them complementary actors in the preservation of our environment.

In Belgium, only one subspecies produces honey, i.e. Apis mellifera L.

Honeybees live in colonies of several thousand individuals, giving them tremendous pollination potential.

 

A brief overview of honeybees:

ruche

50.000

A bee colony numbers about 50,000 bees and consists of one queen, more than 99% worker bees and, finally, the males or drones

fleurs

4 billion

On average, one colony will pollinate more than 4 billion flowers a year (1,300 tons of apples, 800 tons of pears, 128 tons of cherries, etc.). While doing so, they fertilise these plants and preserve biodiversity;

terrain

1000

One bee will travel 1.5 km on average to forage but can travel up to 3 km. A radius of 1.5 km corresponds to an area of 700 ha, i.e. 1,000 soccer pitches, where bees forage and pollinate.

globe

40.000km

To produce 500g of honey, bees travel 40,000 km, i.e. the circumference of the earth.

Daily activities:

1 bee will forage up to 250 flowers per hour. If you consider that one single colony numbers 10,000 foraging bees, that means that, between them, they forage 20,000,000 flowers per day!

Beeodiversity is…

Beeodiversity: plusieurs projets par anSeveral new projects ever year to help pollinators and boost diversity


Beeodiversity: Plusieurs milliers de graines mèllifères et pollinifères par anSeveral thousands of nectar and pollen-rich seeds every year


Beeodiversity: 250 colonies d'abeilles250 colonies of bees
Less than 5% colony losses per year


Beeodiversity: Plus de 175.000ha pollinisés par anMore than 70,000 ha pollinated every year


Beeodiversity: Plus d'un million d'abeilles offertes par anMore than one million bees offered every year


Beeodiversity: Beeodiversity: coloniesPlus de 1.500ha de terres agricoles cultivées dans le respect des abeilles par nos partenaires agriculteursMore than 1,500 ha of farmland farmed with due regard for bees


Beeodiversity: Plus d'une centaine d'apiculteurs partenairesMore than one hundred beekeeper partners


Beeodiversity: Deux conférences nationales et internationales par an organisées avec nos partenaires institutionnelsNational and international conferences organised with our institutional partners every year


Beeodiversity: Plusieurs milliers de personnes sensibilisées par an au travers de la presse et des réseaux sociauxSeveral thousands of people made aware every year

THEY ARE PART OF THE CYCLE

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