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Packin’ propolis

I am pleased to share another photo from Louisiana beekeeper Robert Lunsford who, earlier this year, sent awesome images of chimney bees. Today’s photo shows a honey bee fanning in front of her hive while carrying a full load of propolis. I love the way the light glows through the big, gooey drops. Better still is the shadow cast by her fast moving wings. The shadow takes on a surreal shape, probably the result of the figure-eight pattern of her wing movement. All in all, a great shot. Thanks, Robert!

Honey bee with a load of propolis. Photo © Robert Lunsford.



I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bee packing propolis, not that I’ve recognized as such at least. There’s not a doubt the DOFT are getting it somewhere though!

I wonder if propolis is an opportunistic harvest item or a signaled shopping item? As well, how do they clean up after the run?

Great action and shadow shot. 🙂

Kent WA


Fantastic photo. Sometimes propolis looks very dark, but this stuff is almost honey coloured.

Cricket keedy

I’m looking for an eco friendly propolis. Usa harvested. I want to support us bee keepers. Unfortunately the ones on the internet either come from china or are usa made but will not tell me how they care for their bees.

Any suggestions? You would be surprised how many come from china …even the ones that say eco friendly like y.s. honey brand. Heard that a lot of Chinese company’s are buying up smaller company’s in new Zealand and sending product back to China to be cut with their honey and resold. Even the Manuka rating system is a sham. I need the propolis for my lymes disease.

Would love some help. Not very good at the internet or technology.
Thank you .



I don’t know a good source of propolis. I don’t even know any beekeepers who collect it.

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