Proper beekeeping requires proper “bee marking”

With pesticides on virtually every field and monocultural farming covering large strips of land these days, the populations of wild bees are shrinking globally. At the same time, more and more individuals become aware of the bee’s importance to our own survival and strive to support the world’s bee population. Without bees, our own survival would be at stake. After all, who should pollinate all the crops, fruits and vegetables that feed us? The bees definitely need our protection – maybe even our support.

Some bee friends do so by transforming their trimmed lawns back into flower-rich wild meadows while others become „bee parents“ themselves: A growing number of amateur beekeepers are establishing their own honey bee colonies – even in their backyards or on urban rooftops.

 

Marking, surveilling and protecting the queen

Bee hives are complex and sensitive eco systems that evolve around the queen bee – the only breeding female in the colony. All other bees – from the countless female workers to the male drones – are her offspring. In other words: the wellbeing of the queen bee is of utmost importance to all beekeepers. Nevertheless, the colony’s livelihood depends upon all individuals working together. To ensure this, beekeepers keep a close eye on their colonies.

 

Marking the bee to protect the bee

For purposes of surveillance and tracking, beekeepers regularly mark some of their worker bees as well as their drones. Naturally, labeling such an important living creature is a delicate task. Chemicals in ordinary marker ink might harm the animal. That is why many beekeeper associations recommend the edding 750 paint marker for bee-marking. Some beekeepers even trust the edding 750 for the marking of their queen. Apparently, it is hard to find another pen with as few harmful substances while offering such a high opacity and wear-resistance. Once marked, the monitored individuals are easy to identify over the course of their lifetime. edding’s approach to offer quality and sustainability pays off – even in such an unexpected field as apiculture.

When healthy, a queen bee may live for approximately three years, and in her lifetime she is capable of laying well over half a million eggs. Not all of those will survive of course, but by marking, tracking and protecting them, beekeepers do their part to ensure the well-being, longevity and fertility of the whole species. edding is proud to play a small part in that.

 

Helping to protect the queen and mother nature

Protecting the bee population, however, is not the only action edding takes to preserve the environmental: Eco-friendliness is one of the company’s general goals. Certain markers can be refilled up to 15 times, for example. Also, the writing nibs of many edding products can be replaced, which significantly increases the marker’s lifespan. And then there is the EcoLine: a whole family of markers made from recycled materials. All of this is based on edding’s firm belief that to help preserve nature and its many living beings, every mark counts.