Beginning beekeeper installs three nucs

First impressions of a new beekeeper…and cool surprises. I’m making the transition from beginning beekeeper to a hopefully more knowledgeable and experienced level of beekeeping. I’m actually surprised I got this far, as it was my wife who was making me become a beekeeper.  But I’ve had a few really …

Honey bee dances: shake, waggle, tremble

Honey bee dances keep bee factories humming. Thomas Seeley, Professor of Biology at Cornell University, has a great way of describing how bees go about doing the work of collecting and processing pollen and nectar. He says it’s like a factory, where materials are secured from the outside, and once inside …

Six ways to help bees

Help bees so they can help you. Anything you can do to help bees helps people. Bees are responsible for pollinating roughly 35 percent of the foods we eat and 85 percent of all flowering plants. This means that without bees, we wouldn’t be eating very well, and …