Queen Bee on comb

They Fly?!

Photo by Boba Jaglicic on Unsplash Raising queens has helped my beekeeping enormously. I have been able to compare hives headed by home bred queens with 'self-made' queens. The latter tends to occur when bees swarm or when I make a 'walk away…
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…
Hollyhock in Ulta Violet light

Nine Years In

Hollyhock in Ulta Violet light I am coming to the end of my ninth beekeeping season. I started with two hives, and now I have nearly forty, including nucs. My journey has just begun, but at least I'm through the…
Rolling Stones 1969

Introductions

Rolling Stones 1969 Creator: L. Trievnor | Credit: Getty Images "Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name," teases Mick Jagger in the epic Stones track "Sympathy for the Devil". He sings, "Let me please introduce myself; I'm a…
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…