Pollen Flowers for Bees
At last here is a seed mixture designed to produce flowers with plenty of pollen in addition to nectar. Pollen is vital to the health of bees, providing nutrients, lipids, protein and minerals. It's about time!
Creme Brulee Torch
Creme Brulee Torch This small lightweight butane torch has been recommended to me by other beekeepers. It will light your smoker quickly but is small enough to fit into your bee bucket. Good for creme brulee as well.
Following The Wild Bees
Learn the nearly-lost art of bee lining in this charming book by honey bee biologist Thomas D. Seeley. The text is well-written and accompanied by great photos and diagrams. You can enjoy the adventure of the hunt from your favorite chair, or go out and try it yourself.
The Bee-Friendly Garden
Gretchen Lebuhn is one of my favorite bee authors, so I was excited to see she's written another book. According to the publisher, "The book debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides how-to instructions for nest boxes and water features." Due out in February, the book can be pre-ordered now.
Honey Bee Pollinator Mix
Honey bee pollinator mix contains seeds, mulch, and fertilizer. Non-GMO.
This new book covers the steps necessary to render and clean beeswax and illustrates the many things you can do with it.
Garden Plants for Honey Bees
Do you want to plant for your honey bees? Each plant, illustrated with full-color photographs, is rated for its ability to produce both nectar and pollen, and the plants are arranged by the month they bloom. A one-of-a-kind reference for beekeepers and gardeners. 750 photos, 400 pages.
Why Honey Bee is Two Words
Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; “honeybee” is equivalent to “Johnsmith.”--From Anatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass
The non-native European Honey Bee is the state insect of:
Not one native bee is a state insect. The closest relative of a North American native bee to make the list is the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, the state insect of New Mexico.
Mark your queens with the color of the year so you can tell how old they are:
Years ending in 0 or 5 are blue.
Years ending in 1 or 6 are white.
Years ending in 2 or 7 are yellow.
Years ending in 3 or 8 are red.
Years ending in 4 or 9 are green.
Or starting with 1: Will You Raise Good Bees?
Go to the bee,
consider her ways
and be wise.
--George Bernard Shaw