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The cyclic nature of honey bee populations

The population in a beehive fluctuates depending on the season. These changes—due to changes in temperature and food availability—vary somewhat depending on local conditions and the subspecies of bee. But a keen understanding of this cycle helps a beekeeper make good management decisions. The example below is based on the climate in temperate North America, […] Read more

Ventilation Part 2: Special considerations

Although there are many ways to add ventilation to a hive—and there is much room for beekeeper creativity—several issues should be kept in mind. These include predators, robbing, rain, and cross drafts. Predators include other species that feed on honey bees, bee larvae, or honey stores. For example, in many areas yellow jackets will take […] Read more