A really, really long time. In fact, it ain’t gonna happen. Not ever. Sugar syrup is made from table sugar, sucrose, which is a disaccharide of fructose and glucose. Honey is made from the nectar of flowers. Bees are clever, but not clever enough to make honey from plain old sucrose. Honey has many things […] Read more
Nope, you should always eat your beeswax plain. Oh, sorry, couldn’t resist. If you are asking if it’s safe to eat honey along with the wax comb it was made in, the answer is yes. In my opinion it is the best way. See “How to eat comb honey” for more information.
Some questions surprise me because they reappear so frequently, but what is it with Brussels sprouts? For decades I’ve heard nothing about Brussels sprouts, but suddenly every third visitor wants to know how to pollinate them. I do not understand. I endure Brussels sprouts mostly because my husband likes them and they are good for […] Read more
This is most likely to happen when you install a package of bees in a brand new, never-been-used hive. I’ve heard people say it’s the smell of new lumber they don’t like, or it’s the glue in plywood, or it’s the odor of paint. But it may just be that the bees are not in […] Read more
I agree she sounds kind of creepy. But here’s the problem: she is right. All types of bees really do have five eyes. The two big eyes on a bee are called compound eyes because they are made up of thousands of tiny lenses. Each lens (called a facet) sees a small part of a […] Read more
I can think of more productive things to do with your time. That’s like asking if you should put out meat for your neighbors’ dog or Big Macs for your neighbors’ kids. It might work, but it’s a lousy strategy for getting along in the world.
Actually, the beehive stays in one place. I’d love to see a Langstroth flitting among the flowers, but so far no luck. The bees themselves, however, start to forage almost immediately after they are installed in the hive. If it is warm and dry enough to fly, some bees will begin orienting themselves by flying […] Read more