2 bee colonies now guests of the Best Western Leoso Hotel
Since early 2018, 2 young bee colonies and their respective queen have been living on the roof of the Best Western Leoso hotel. As a management initiative, two queen bees from the year 2017 and their colonies of approximately 5,000 bees each have been relocated to the roof of our hotel in order to strengthen the endangered bee population and support the preservation of wild plants and cultivated plants in Leverkusen.
A colony consists of the queen bee who ensures their survival by laying eggs, the worker bees who, flying at a speed of 20 km/h, collect nectar, pollen and water within a distance of up to 3 km (meadow flowers and trees like limes are available in abundance along the Dhünn river in direction of the BayArena), and lastly the drones who mate with the queen thus ensuring the survival of the colony.
The delicious honey is produced in several stages. First, the worker bees collect nectar from blossoming plants and bring it back to the beehive where the so-called hive bees take over. The sap is passed on from bee to bee several times and enriched with different substances in the process until it is finally concentrated and stored in the comb.
Our hotel is proud to welcome its new industrious housemates!