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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

The BIG bumblebee

In the earlier parts of spring you’ll find enormous bumblebees out foraging for nectar and pollen. Did your enthusiasm for the lack of snow somehow cause spring hallucinations of thumb … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

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

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