Our Honeybees visit the outdoor gardens to find pollen and nectar to bring back to the hive. A healthy honeybee hive has 3 types of bees: a queen, workers, and drones; you will see all three in our hive. You can always spot the queen bee because all the workers will face her and create a circular shape surrounding her. Come by Butterfly Pavilion to get a sneak peek at the inside of a live beehive!
We also joined the BUZZ to promote bees and chickens in the backyards of Westminster.
Butterfly Pavilion is currently working in partnership with the City of Westminster planning department to provide information to the community regarding honeybees for their upcoming vote to legalize beekeeping. This summer, we will offer programming through classes and online platforms, as well as beekeeping supplies and bee products in our gift shop. Butterfly Pavilion will also work with local cities to evaluate the appropriateness of beekeeping on open space land and the role of honeybees in the environment.
We are advising the community that beekeeping, when done responsibly and according to local ordinances, can be a wonderful, rewarding opportunity to connect with nature, as well as providing benefits such as honey, wax production, and pollination services.
We foster an appreciation of all invertebrates, including honeybees, and want people to perceive them through education and not fear. GO invertebrates!