bee eggs on comb

Virgins etc.

Eggs laid in cells as quickly as workers build them I stumbled upon a fantastic resource for beekeepers concerning the monitoring and management of Varroa mites by the Honey Bee Health Coalition. There is some comprehensive guidance, including videos plus…
Formula for the area of a circle

Mating Mathematics

Math or Maths? In 2005 some researchers studying matings in the Hope Valley (England) found out some interesting stats on mating distance. Mating distance is the distance between the hive from which the virgin queen flew and the colonies from…
A 2017 queen in 2020

Loving it!

A 2017 queen in 2020 The bees don't care about COVID-19; in fact, they seem to be having a great time. I don't know if it's the reduced air pollution, the beautiful weather or something else, but my bees are…
Steve with Keiler Nuc

Harsh Realities

Steve with Keiler Nuc There is that saying, "if it were easy, everyone would do it," and I think it applies to some aspects of beekeeping. Frankly, in the early years of one's beekeeping life, just keeping them alive and…
Buckfast Breeder Queen with numbered disc

Making Queens!

Buckfast Breeder Queen In my area, we are entering the busiest time of the beekeeping season. Colonies are expanding rapidly, and some have swarmed or are about to. Spring/early summer is often like that; a massive amount of nectar and…
Drone close up photo

How’s your Dronage?

Drone: Makro Freak/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.5) Drones are awesome. Everyone should love them, but they have had a bad rap. Many believe that they are "lazy" and all they do is hang around eating stores and contributing nothing much…
push in cage made from wire mesh

Total Body Workout

push in cage made from wire mesh There is an ancient symbiotic relationship between the walrus and the honeybee. We have all heard the expression, “float like a walrus, sting like a bee”, and this bond has been forged over…