In order to participate at all levels in the safeguarding of biodiversity, Le Domaine de Fontenille has decided to host 4 beehives near Le Grand Potager.
Since the Neolithic, men have collected the wax and honey produced by bees.
Bees make honey to feed the larvae and keep food in winter. By foraging a flower, the bee sucks the nectar with its trunk and brings it back to the hive. This is then ruminated by other bees and turns into honey. This honey is then deposited in the cells of the hive.
But bees also have another mission: pollination.
In order for a flower to produce fruit, it needs pollen. Pollens are microscopic grains, released by the stamens (male organ) of the flower and containing the reproductive cells of the flower. By foraging, the bee will leave on the pistil (female organ) of the flower, the pollen grains which remain stuck to its legs and which it will have collected from the stamens of another flower. This process will allow flowering plants to reproduce and ensure the survival of the species.
In addition to producing honey, bees are therefore very important for the preservation of biodiversity and the balance of ecosystems.