Comb Honey

Comb Honey

One of the things I like about top bar hives is watching the bees build new comb in thin air. I give the bees a bar with a guide on it and they work their magic – building comb down from the top into the space below. No sheet of Read more…

Share

The lost swarm

Last month, I got a call about a swarm from a bee tree (a tree with a colony of wild bees). The bee tree had already thrown a primary swarm the week before and this was a secondary. Secondary swarms may have mated or virgin queens in them (or both). Read more…

Share

In other health news…

With all the COVID-19 stuff going on, I thought I’d write a post about my non-coronavirus health issue as a distraction. Last night, I was sitting around and noticed that I had a dark floater in my left eye. I’ve had occassional floaters in my time, but this one was Read more…

Share

Pandemic Beekeeping

As I write this, the world is gripped by the specter of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19. Right now, over 215,000 people worldwide have been infected and almost 8,000 have died from it. In the U.S., the number of cases and deaths are beginning to ramp up. People are being Read more…

Share

First Removal

Sometimes bees don’t live in a man-made hive or a tree. Sometimes they take up residence in a structure like a house, church or apartment. Sometimes that’s not a bad thing and the humans and the bees can live together in harmony. But sometimes, the bees pick a location that Read more…

Share

Fewer Walls, More Sweetness

When I’m not beekeeping, I’m a scientist who works as a contract employee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)**.  At the current time, I can’t go to work because the president has decided he wants a wall between Mexico and the U.S. to stop illegal immigration and drug Read more…

Share