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Sticky yellow bee droppings are a good thing

If you are keeping bees for the first time you may have noticed all the fecal droppings, sometimes called frass, that appear out of nowhere on your cars, porch rails, or lawn furniture. These droppings are incredibly sticky and difficult to remove, even modern car washes leave them perfectly intact. They are often round and […] Read more

What type of honey bee feeder is best?

Many types of honey bee feeders are available. None are perfect; each has its own drawbacks, and beekeepers are quite opinionated on the subject. It seems that every hobbyist I know uses a different kind, so I’ll go through them one by one. Personally, I’ve tried just about every style out there and ended up […] Read more

Pollen collection by honey bees

While we normally think of honey bees collecting nectar, an average-size colony may bring in 100 pounds of pollen in a season. Pollen is an essential part of the honey bee diet, providing a wide range of nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. Although a tough outer coating protects the pollen from environmental […] Read more

The beekeeper’s woodshop

I was intrigued by a recent article in the American Bee Journal entitled, “The Beekeeper’s Wood Shop: Empowering Women” by T’Lee Sollenberger. Okay, it was a tad sexist, but I enjoyed it because I recognized a kindred spirit. The fact is, working with wood is one of my favorite aspects of beekeeping. To clarify things […] Read more

All beekeeping challenges are local

Last night I was fortunate to meet Fritz Haeg, author of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn (www.fritzhaeg.com). After an open-to-the-public lecture on edible landscapes and animal estates, Haeg led our classroom through an informal discussion of art, architecture, and vegetable gardens. Haeg is funny, articulate, and brimming with fresh ideas on Americans and […] Read more

Beekeeping Dictionary

A Beekeeping Dictionary This beekeeping dictionary contains terms frequently used by beekeepers and melittologists. The words are taken from various disciplines including beekeeping, entomology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and botany. Use the comment section below if you would like to add another word. A abdomen: the posterior segment of the bee containing the honey stomach, […] Read more

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