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March 1, 2013

Swarms, Splits, And Absconds (2nd installment)

Splits are artificial swarms. You are making the bees think that they swarmed already. Actually, you are causing the congestion to disappear and makes the bees to have to develop another queen.  By splitting, you cause the bees to swarm at your convenience and not lose any of them. You save the bees and grow you apiary at the same time. […]

February 25, 2013

Swarms, Splits, and Absconds

Why do bees swarm? Why do beekeepers split their colonies? Why do bees abscond (leave in total) a new or used box? Bees die for various reasons due to old? age (naw! they work themselves to death), Frogs (amphibians), birds (fowls), other insects (insectoids), spiders (arachnids), and beekeepers (homo sapiens) . In order for the bees to remain […]

January 8, 2013

Bee Spring

I cannot believe that the old year has passed on and the New Year is already upon us. I really didn’t get done in 2012 what I had hoped to. I got busy and didn’t do the things I told you should be done.  This is where I have to say, “Do as I say […]

October 1, 2012


This past weekend, I was at the Pensacola Seafood Festival showing and telling about the honey bees. After I gave my ‘almost-not-quite-hardly’ canned speech (I do not have a written script), one man in one of my audiences said that I should write a book about what I just told him. I told him that […]

September 26, 2012

Origin of the American Honey Bees

It was brought to my attention that not all beekeepers and especially the general public really knows just where the American Honey Bee originated. Welllll – Let me ‘splain’ what I know and what I suspect. There is speculation as to who discovered America: Amerigo Vespusi (sp),  Christoper Columbus, or the Vikings. Lets just agree it was […]

April 23, 2012


I borrowed this information from an email sent by Doc Bullard, Pensacola, FL. It is information that all Florida beekeepers should be doing. Signing up with the state apiary inspectors section is strictly voluntarily. Folks, BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR MAINTAINING EUROPEAN HONEY BEE COLONIES 1. This is a voluntary program designed to minimize the threat of Africanized […]

March 18, 2012

Just Had to Try It!

Instead of going to my last hive and splitting, adding honey supers and maybe put on another brood box just because, I went to my young friends, Matt and Rashell’s house to see what could be done about a swarm of bees that elected to leave after they split the hive a week prior. When Matt […]

March 17, 2012

Something To Crow About

For all ya’ll that do things in a timely manor, this is not for you. But for all ya’ll others, this is something to read and rejoice with me about. I have now joined the ranks of beekeepers that gets things done. Remember I have been telling you to get your equipment ready and in […]

February 1, 2012

Justa Thinkin’

Here it is–several days later and I still have not looked into my hives. I guess I will have to get a novice to come over and take care of that little problem for me. I seem to be better at telling someone else how to do something rather than doing it for myself. This […]

January 28, 2012

Procrastination Time – again!

For a Master Beekeeper, I seem to be not the right one to say anything. I haven’t looked at my bees since last November.  But just looking out the back door, it seems that I only have one colony that is working. There should be two. I will be looking into my hives tomorrow afternoon. […]