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

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Killer Bees

What do you get when you breed a European honeybee, such as the Italian honeybee, to one that is native to Africa (Apis mellifera scutellata)?  Some people accidentally found out in Brazil in 1957. … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Johnston’s Organ

With their 5 eyes, bees can see quite well.  But what about hear? I don’t see any ears protruding off those buggers. For a long time, it was believed that bees were deaf and could not hear sound vibrations. But … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Italian Honeybees

The Western/European honeybee (Apis mellifera) most likely originated from Africa and spread into Europe about 10,000 years ago.  Although it is not clear when humans first began keeping bees, Egyptian hieroglyphs from 4,500 years ago depict beekeepers, while records from … Continue reading