How Do Bees Get Pollen From Flowers?

How Do Bees Get Pollen From Flowers

How do bees get pollen from flowers? We will take a look at pollen gathering in bees and how these amazing creatures collect, store and ferment pollen to make food for the hive. Why Do Bees Collect Pollen? If we look at social wasps such as yellow jackets, they forage on nectar for energy and … Read more

How To Separate Honey From Beeswax

How To Separate Honey From Beeswax

We take a look at how to separate honey from beeswax. This may sound simple, but not understanding how to do this has resulted in many people burning barns, houses, and sheds to the ground. I have a tried and tested method that is fun. Join me on a walk through the history and adventure … Read more

How To Provide Water For Honey Bees

How To Provide Water For Honey Bees

In this article, we take a look at how to provide water for honey bees. Bees require water for many aspects of the functioning of the hive – we will take a look at how you can help them out. I remember my first sting – I was about three and was at a swimming … Read more

Adding Bees To A Weak Hive

Adding Bees To A Weak Hive

Every now and then we find a hive that is a bit weak and needs a hand to build up enough to make it through winter for example. There are ways of adding bees to a weak hive – I generally caution against this, but, it can be done. In this article, I take a … Read more

Drone Brood vs Worker Brood

Drone Brood vs Worker Brood

We take a look at how to tell the difference between drone brood vs worker brood, and the difference between brood and honey cells. This is an important basic skill for beekeepers and there is some humor involved in mistakes around this identification. A Humorous Example Of Why It Is Important To Know The Difference … Read more

Nosema Treatment For Bees

Nosema Treatment For Bees

When beekeepers talk about Nosema in bees they are really talking about infection caused by the obligate microsporidian parasites Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Now that is a terribly complex-sounding introduction to this article – let’s spend the rest of this making it easier to understand! Nosema treatment/prevention in bees is an important part of … Read more

Russian Honey Bees vs Italian Bees

When comparing Russian honey bees vs Italian bees it is a bit like comparing a Wooly Mammoth with an Elephant. We will delve into the differences between these two exceptional honeybees in this article. What Are Russian Bees? Russia is actually very big. When we talk about Russian bees as a “breed” we are referring … Read more