At What Temperature Do Bees Come Out

Bees are able to partially regulate their body temperature and can fly for short periods at temperatures below 55°F. At what temperature do bees come out?  It is important to differentiate between the temperature when they can forage, and the temperature when they can shoot out to sting or take a “cleansing flight”. Bees and … Read more

Are Black Bees Poisonous?

Are Black Bees Poisonous

Black bees are a common term for a type of carpenter bee. Carpenter bees are wood nesting bees, gentle souls, and exceptional pollinators. Are black bees poisonous? Not really. Read further to find out how you can live with these lovely bees, avoid problems and save damage to your buildings. Clearing Up What A Black … Read more

How Far Apart Should Beehives Be Placed?

How Far Apart Should Beehives Be Placed

How far apart should beehives be placed? This is a complex question to which there are many answers. This will depend on how you wish to keep your bees, and what your objectives are. Let us take a closer look at how we decide the spacing of our hives. A Quick Summary Of How Bees … Read more

Ground Bees In Wisconsin

Ground Bees In Wisconsin

Depending on where you are in the world, ground bees mean different things. Ground bees in Wisconsin refer to solitary bees that nest in clusters in the ground. These bees are of very little threat to anybody, and they serve an incredibly important pollination service. Read further to find out how you can live with … Read more

Adopt A Hive In The USA!

Many people are aware that the honeybee and generally all other bee species are in decline globally. Adopting a hive is a way of taking personal capital and introducing it into beekeeping businesses in a way that allows us to invest in bee conservation, and also to get a bit of honey and feel-good feelings. … Read more

2 Frame Mating Nuc Plans

2 Frame Mating Nuc Plans

Let’s look at mating nucs and 2 frame mating nuc plans. I personally hate 2 frame mating nucs, and we can look at a few alternatives to these that make a lot more sense. Queen rearing is an important skill for a beekeeper to learn, and mating nucs are integral to this skill. Let’s have … Read more

What Does Bee Poop Look Like?

What Does Bee Poop Look Like

We are a funny species. Especially when it comes to poop. Something about poop entertains us and scares us. On the topic of bees, I often get asked “What does bee poop look like?” Bee poop is actually an incredible resource and if you understand how and where bees poop, you can use this knowledge … Read more

How To Extract Honey From Comb At Home

How To Extract Honey From Comb At Home

When we produce a little bit of honey for ourselves, it is very different from commercial beekeeping and we can aim to produce safer, cleaner honey and wax. When we look at how to extract honey from comb at home, we will keep these advantages in mind. Let us unpack this. How Commercial Honey Is … Read more

Planting Buckwheat For Honey Bees

Planting Buckwheat For Honey Bees

Planting buckwheat for honey bees is a lot of fun, and even a relatively small patch can actually make a difference to a beehive or two. If you plant an acre or more, you are looking at actually producing a crop of honey from this. Buckwheat is a fun crop to grow and really makes … Read more

How Much Honey Per Frame?

How Much Honey Per Frame

When we start planning our beekeeping business or season, we often get tempted to predict the output. How much honey per frame? This is a rather variable figure and depends on management style and bees. To help you with your planning let us delve into this a bit. How Much Honey Can We Expect Per … Read more