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I am an Associate Broker, Realtor® with Long Realty West Valley, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
I specialize in real estate sales in Arizona West Valley Golf Retirement Communities.
I have Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration.
As a year-round Sun City Grand resident and full-time Associate Broker Realtor®, I can help you buy and/or sell real estate in the golf retirement communities of Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Corte Bella, Arizona Traditions, Sun City Festival, PebbleCreek and Trilogy at Vistancia.
Buyers and sellers receive what they desire when selecting me as their estate agent:
an experienced, dedicated, well-educated, professional local Realtor® who specializes in real estate in Arizona golf retirement communities.
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Mini but mighty
We’ve all heard the very catchy commercial touting “The incredible, dibble egg.” Indeed, a hen’s egg is a wondrous gift. But there is a food source that is even more incredible; many call it “the perfect food,” the product not of a chicken, but an insect, the honeybee. No other inset produces food eaten by man. But more to the point, but for this tiny creature, mankind would cease to exist altogether, kaput! Albert Einstein put it this way; “If the bee disappears off the surface of the globe, the man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Researching for this article I learned that nearly 80% of all the life-sustaining commercial crops on earth are pollinated by bees. In short, that we can enjoy a juicy melon, a peach, a pear, a tomato, in fact anything at all that grows on a vine, bush, or tree, is only possible thanks to the one-on-one visit of the humble, of maligned and misunderstood bee. There is no substitute, no viable fallback option to the critical service this little fellow offers. So let’s here take a closer look at the little bussing miracle, the honeybee.
That distinctive “b-u-z-z” by the way, is produced by its wings stroking incredibly fast, up to 200 beats per second. Revved up for lift off, a bee will forage up to 6 miles, and can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. How far can we go on a tank of gas? About 22 MPG, my vehicle can reach out about 300 miles. One ounce of honey would fuel a bee’s flight around the world. How far will we go for a meal? It would take 800 bees a combined flight of 45,000 to 50,000 miles (the equivalent of an orbit and a half=plus around the earth) to collect 1 pound of honey. An how many flower or blossoms will they have visited? Approximately 2 million, pollinating each as they go.
In each nectar-gathering sortie, an individual bee will visit some 50 to 100 flowers, sucking up a bit of nectar and water from each, and storing in in a special homey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and empties its contents into 6-sided way honeycomb cells, which are then sealed shut when full. Natural chemicals from the bees head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar will change the nectar to honey. It will serve s the hives food source during the winter. The average worker bee produces about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey a year. Amazingly, honey has no “shelf life.” It never spoils. Of course, it can crystallize as it dehydrates, but can easily be reconstituted. Scientists found that honey sealed in King Tutankhamen’s tomb was still edible today.
Though there are some 20,000 species of bees on earth, only 4 species make honey. Honey, which is about 80% sugars, and 20% water, is the only food that includes ALL the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water, and is the only food that contains “pinocembrin,” an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning in humans. A bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed. Tiny as it is, it is a very high order little computer, able to learn, remember, and make complex calculations. Bees have an incredible sense of navigation, able to instantly to make mathematical straight-line, shortest-distance triangulations to a specific flower, hive, or any other place it chooses to go. And bees are also able to share information. They communicate with each other by emitting scents (pheromones) and by an elaborate air dance that can relay very specific information and directions.
A good- sized bee colony may contain as many as 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring and early summer. There are three types of bees in the hive - Queen, Worker (always female, lives about 6 weeks, never sleeps, works itself to death and Drone (male, whose only function is to mate with and fertilize the queen, and leave a sperm bank for emergencies. It’s “job” done, it is usually kicked out of the hive come winter, and dies.) The queen may lay 600-800 eggs each day during her 3 to 5 year lifetime. During the summer months, when the hive needs to be at maximum strength, she may pump out up to 2500 eggs a day. This daily egg production may equal her own body weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees. Bees maintain a constant temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or - 40 degrees. They “air-condition” the hive in hot weather by beating their wings to circulate the air, and stay warm in cold weather by clustering close together, insulating each other and sharing body heat.
Arizona was once a hotbed of the honeybee industry, a place where bees were so plentiful they were sent by the truckload to such states as California, North Dakota wand Washington to pollinate cherries, apples, and almonds. Up until the mid-1990, more than 20,000 beekeepers kept honeybees in Arizona. That number has dwindled to less than 6,000 today. Why? What happened? Well, that will be the focus of an upcoming blog as we continue our study of Apis mellifera, the Western or European honey bee. For now, let’s close with high praise and thanks for this truly admirable little creature. As Royden Brown perfectly summed it up: “Unique among all God’s creatures, only the bee improves the environment and preys not on any other species.” That is more than can be said of us.
Sun City Grand Resident,
Anthony de la Torre
|January 1, 2015|
|Thu, 01 Jan 2015 20:22:41 +0000|
|Happy New Year—–May this year be filled with an abundance of health, happiness, new learnings, success and joy. On this first day of a new year, I always end up thinking about—-I have a clean slate. It seems more fitting than ever to wak ... [Read More]|
|Happy Thanksgiving 2014 from Leolinda|
|Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:42:00 +0000|
|or each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Father in heaven,
We thank thee.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
.....From our family to yours, we wish you and your f ... [Read More]|
|Happy Thanksgiving 2014|
|Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:25:58 +0000|
| Life and time are speeding up. For me, it feels like we celebrated Thanksgiving just a few months ago. Good thing I so enjoy Thanksgiving and the traditions it brings into our day. It feels to me that the focus for this Thanksgiving is to let t ... [Read More]|
|Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:05:24 +0000|
|Giving thanks every day of the year, not just one day. Thanksgiving 2014 ... [Read More]|
|The Rest of Earp|
|Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:58:57 +0000|
|Sun City Grand writer Anthony DelaTorre tells the rest of the story "The Rest of Earp" ... [Read More]|