The A, B, C’s of Bees: Propolis

We all know that bees make honey that we harvest for our own use.  But what about other bee products?  Wax is probably the next thing that comes to mind.  Beeswax has been used as lighting since the Romans dipped … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Over-wintering

Most bee colonies deal with cold winters the same way:  they die.  The female worker bees and male drones die off while the queen burrows away to hibernate during the winter.  In the spring she will start a new colony … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Nectar

You can’t go a whole month talking about honeybees without talking about nectar.  Nectar is the liquid substance honeybees collect from plants to make honey. But it is much more than just a bridge to liquid gold. … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: The Mating Flight

When a new queen emerges from her cell, she only has one thing on her mind.  Within a few weeks of being born, the queen will leave the hive on a warm sunny day.  She will fly out a virgin, … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Langstroth Hive

The Reverend Lorenzo L. Langstroth is credited with inventing the modern-day beehive, the Langstroth hive.  But what makes it so special? 2 key ideas:  movable frames and bee space … Continue reading