Catching my first swarm was awesome. Read on to find out about how it went down, what we did, and how to avoid mistakes.
Piping, tooting, and quacking are all sounds made by a queen bee. Scientist have discovered that when a queen is ready to emerge from a queen cell they start quacking to tell the worker bees to let her out.
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-honeybee-swarming-queen-bee.html Biologists have found a way to listen to the sounds in the hive to determine when a queen is preparing to swarm. Swarming is common behaviour in honey bees. It is the way that bees expand their numbers. When a hive feels that it is running out of space the queen prepares to leave Read More
This is pretty cool! If you want to actually help the bees then why not build your own native beehive? Native bees are superior pollinators to honey bees because they have evolved to live and pollinate in the ecosystem they are currently in. The thing about most native bees is that they live alone. Most Read More
Sure you could buy a Telescoping Hive Cover off of a site like Mann Lake for a pretty penny. Or you could build it yourself and save a ton of cash! These Instructions will guide you through the process and provide building plans and dimensions
Do you love bees, but also birds? Here is an article about how to protect the delicate hummingbird from bee attacks around hummingbird feeders. I have never tried these ideas, mostly because I hadn’t observed bees around our hummingbird feeder. For beekeepers this would be a great article to use or maybe share with neighbors. Read More
How and when to add queen excluders and honey supers.
(which is almost everywhere) Image by Claude Mondestin from Pixabay Wintering bees in cold climates can be one of the most challenging parts of beekeeping. I am here to share what I have learned, which could be drastically different from what you have. I am taking the vast majority of my information from “Beekeeping in Read More
This is a super interesting article about bumblebees manipulating nature. Scientists have found that when food is scarce bumblebees will nibble on plants which cause them to flower. In some cases they flower up to a month early. Scientists also found that they were unable to reproduce the effects on flowers which suggests that bees Read More