Today we worked on the Celtic style stained glass honey bee, which we finished in a glossy copper patina and some scrap copper wire left over from an electrician's visit to the studio!!.
There are 97 bee species in Ireland: the honeybee, 20 species of bumblebee, and 76 species of solitary bee. Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland. They are a key component of our wildlife and one of the busiest, least appreciated work forces we have. A study from the Department of the Environment found that bees are worth €53m a year to the economy.In Ireland crops such as apples, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, blackcurrants, peppers, courgettes and pumpkins are reliant on bees for pollination.It is estimated that almost three quarters of our wild plants rely on insect pollinators, of which bees are most important.There are an estimated 24,000 bee hives in Ireland, and a hive can contain up to 80,000 honeybees.
The Irish Bee was almost threatened with extinction back in the eighties due to years of importations throughout the last century. It remained only in a few pockets around the country. This bee is a strain of the European Dark Honeybee (Apis Mellifera Mellifera).
You can find more information on: http://www.connemarabeekeepers.ie