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Honey bees / Honigbienen / Abeilles (Deep Nature)

Springtime has just begun and the honey bees have started with their important work.

Bees in Switzerland, some economic facts:

Number of colonies (2003) 192'000. Anzahl der Bienenvölker (2003) 192'000.
Average colony density (2003) 4.7 colonies per square mile. Durchschnittliche Völkerdichte (2003) 4,7 Völker pro Quadratkilometer.
Annual honey harvest ca. 3'600t. Jährliche Honigernte ca. 3'600t
Value of honey production ca. 54 Mio. SFr. / year (58 Mio. US$). Wert der Honigproduktion ca. 54 Mio. SFr. / Jahr (42 Mio. Euro)
Value of crop pollination ca. 250 Mio. SFr. / year (268 Mio. US$ / year). Wert Bestäubung der Nutzpflanzen ca. 250 Mio. SFr. / Jahr (193 Mio. Euro)
Bees are responsible for 90 percent of Swiss apple harvest. Bienen sind für 90 Prozent der schweizerischen Apfelernte verantwortlich.

Deep Nature

MG 9784

Taken: March 08, 2011
Uploaded: March 10, 2011
Captured with:
Canon EOS 7D