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Overwintering loss: 7 hives & 1 father

Loss is inevitable. The hives we work will one day be empty; the people we love will one day expire; the sun that warms us will one day consume the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wasps give honeybees a bad reputation

Honeybees are awesome enviro-helpers and wasps are intolerant d*cks. It is therefore surprising to find that bees and wasps are thought of interchangeably in the minds of the general public. … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The experiment begins

There isn’t just one way of housing bees. The most common method is the Langstroth hive with frames each containing a beeswax sheet printed with a hexagonal pattern. The bees use … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Winter

Overwintering behaviour in bees is important as overwintering losses can be devastating to even the hardiest of beekeepers. When the snow is blowing a common question from non-beekeepers is: “What … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Meaning, madness or meditation?

There is so much more to beekeeping than providing the bees with a box and inspecting them periodically. There are also the social and philosophical elements of beekeeping. A local … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Feel your imaginary antennae

You can probably identify with many aspects of bee life; the daily routine, enjoying honey, caring for family members. You can also probably imagine what it would be like to … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Aren’t you glad you’re not a bee?

Take a moment to appreciate being human and all of the freedom and benefits that your humanity entails. For all of the idyllic imagery and fanciful notions associated with bees … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

n+1 opinions

There’s an inside joke amongst beekeepers that if you ask n number of beekeepers  about some aspect of beekeeping you will get n+1 different opinions in response. Each beekeeper has their … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Home sweet home

Bees are such fascinating creatures that it’s a shame we can’t all spend our free time watching bees in our own hives on our roof tops, in our back yards or … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 7 Comments

Queen, drone and worker bees

Fig 1: Queen, drone and worker bees There are three different kinds of honey bees (Apis mellifera) that can be found in a hive; the queen bee, drone bees and … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

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