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March 20, 2015

Life Cycle Of The Varroa Mite

There are at least 30 different classes of mites that have been found living in a honeybee hive and at least three of those are considered vampire-like parasites. They live off the haemolymph which is the life blood of the honeybee. One is the Trachea Mite that lives in the breathing tubes of the bee. These are […]

March 4, 2015

Life Cycle of the Honey Bee

The honey bee is the most versatile insect in the world. It pollinates, makes medicinal products, food, and shows us how the insect world works (in a way). This is a post on how they operate from conception to death, (my own opinion). First of all, the virgin queen goes on a maiden flight to the Drone […]

October 29, 2010

Reading for Answers About Bees

I was asked what kind of books should a person read if he or she was interested in knowing more about bees. The answer is not as simple as one would think. There are many many books written on the subject. I think that I should try to break it down by categories. A novice […]

September 8, 2010

What!!!?? Me Sell Honey???

Why not sell honey? You spent money to buy the equipment, supplies, and bees. They make more honey than they can use, so why not? That is the first hurdle that new beekeepers needs to cross. If they can get past that, then they can concentrate of expanding their operation or at least get equipment […]

July 3, 2010


Sometimes a person can sit and plan out what needs to be done, and then do it. It works for some. Sometimes a person can sit and plan and plan and plan and that is all he does and nothing gets done. I think planning is a good thing, but if you don’t put feet […]

February 7, 2010

Marking Queens and Why

Do you know the reason for marking your queen  and/or clipping one of her wings? Do you think that mutilating the queen is a sign of Satanism? You are not mutilating the queen to practice for later using larger animals. You are only branding them, not for identification, but to know when one has been […]

January 1, 2010

Getting Ready For The New Year

Thanksgiving and Christmas are over and I just sent my wife to Texas to visit her mother for two weeks. My middle son and his family, who are staying with us, just left to go up to the New England area to preach at one of his sponsoring churches, and maybe several other churches. I […]

December 4, 2009

Less Frames, More Honey Weight!

I have recently received information that explains the weight issue on less frames/more honey. You can go to my post that touched on this subject and go to the comment section,  so you can follow a little better. A shallow honey super weighs about 25.30 lbs. A medium (Illinois) honey super weighs about 30-50 lbs. […]

November 30, 2009

More Delays

Sunday afternoon was spent letting my son and Daughter-in-law pack for him to go to Africa for two weeks. My grandson and I just chilled and stayed out of their way. We should have gone to check on the colony in a lady’s garden, but we didn’t. Too much going on here and we didn’t […]

November 26, 2009

Where Are the Bees Coming From?

I was sitting on the front porch this afternoon taking a break. As I was thinking of the projects I need to put on my To Do list, I noticed some bees landing on some Spanish Needle in my flowerbed. They were apparently gathering pollen, as their pollen baskets on their hind legs were quite […]