Real BEE Man

Real BEE Man

Not to be out done by: corny bee beards gimicky bee bras and totally impractical bee suits A real beeman? Well here’s a real BEE man and without facial features! Just bees. It’s a photo from the August 2012 edition of the National Geographic, page 12. I wonder: have the political candidate’s worn out their welcome? is mid-season a boring time for beekeepers? or are […]

Urban Bees

Urban Bees

In this TED talk Noah Wilson-Rich discusses urban honeybees. And how they seem to be doing better in the city than out on the farm. It may be preaching to the choir if you’re a beekeeper, especially if you are already an urban beekeeper. But that’s just what I’ve found. Until this year, my beekeeping was centered  in agricultural areas. This year I kept my […]

The Lamp

The Lamp

Here’s my modified Way Too Cool ultraviolet lamp with it’s 12 volt battery pack. It’s got 26 watts of shortwave power and 13 watts of long wave. When using such a powerful ultraviolet radiation source, eye and skin protection are required for safe operation. Using such a powerful lamp is a mixed blessing. It emits a lot more UV than my 4 watt lamp. But […]

Natural Bee Suit

Natural Bee Suit

Does natural beekeeping require a natural bee suit? Well, there’s natural and then there’s natural. But I’m not talking about that kind of natural. And not bee as in adjective. But bee as in noun. We’ve all seen the classic bee beard. And some might even remember the clash of cultures when the classic, conservative traditions of the 19th Century bee beard were triumphed, three […]

Yard Report – June 2012

Yard Report – June 2012

The Idea A couple brood cycles make all the difference in hive populations. Now, these bees are truly Wyoming bees raised on nothing but small cell sized comb. All those bees remembering California and larger cell sizes have perished. PF-100 frames are readily accepted bees occupy 8 to 9 frames first drone comb drawn second deep hive body added removed entrance reducers shook out a […]

Yard Report – May 2012

Yard Report – May 2012

The Idea Five 3 lb bee packages were installed in single, conventional, 10 frame Langstroth hives. These were filled with plastic small cell frames and a division board feeder. This is the first step in establishing 3 story deep body hives with each box approximating a natural broodnest’s structure. Along the way I’ll compare this new small cell plastic frame based experience with my decade […]

Intro to Native Bees

Intro to Native Bees

June Apiculture Newsletter has a link to a neat, free pdf resource on native pollinators. It’s put out by the United States Forest Service and the USDA Pollinator Partnership. I like the photos and the illustrations. A great book byBeatriz Mosset and Stephen Buchmann. Bee Basics – An Introduction to Our Native Bees Thanks Guys. It’s a great resource! And don’t forget Eric’s May/June newletter. […]

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