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August 9, 2015

Then There Were None

I am almost ashamed to write this post. As a person who has  obtained the rank of Master Beekeeper, I am not showing much promise in proving it. It really takes more than a piece of paper to make a master of anything without making some effort to “practice what you preach”. A Dr. of […]

July 1, 2015

Frames, Frames, My Kingdom for Frames

Have you ever needed something and you had to stop doing whatever you were doing and either build, repair, clean, or even go to town to purchase it? That is my situation at this time. I have to clean some boxes and build new frames for them. From the time I last wrote to now, […]

May 4, 2015

Training Time, But No Students

Kinda spooky, now that good teaching opportunities are occurring everywhere, but without new beekeepers to learn, these are lost lessons. Right now, I am preparing my clothes and equipment to load up with my wife’s and leave in the morning to Orlando, FL to watch our youngest son graduate with his Doctorate in nursing. Then we […]

April 27, 2015

Back to My Apiary and Other Things

I have been going over in my head as to what to do with my colonies now that I have three of them. Do I leave them in my backyard,  or do I try to split and move some to the out apiaries. By the way, I don’t even know if I have any apiaries […]

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 12, 2015

Split Survivor Colonys

A young beekeeper and his wife called me about several swarms he had hived. He ran out of complete boxes and asked what to do with one that was boxed but had no bottom board. Well since I am in the early stages of rebuilding my apiary, I said that I probably could take it […]

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 […]

March 1, 2015

Getting Ready to Pull Honey

Now that the bees are set and making increases of the workforce and the splits are working to build comb, it is time to get some more supers ready to put on the hives and maybe to replace the honey supers that you will need to pull soon. Make sure that all the corners are […]

February 18, 2015

Bee Spring Is Here Again

I have no excuse at this time for my years’ absence since my last post. So I’ll just jump right into my new post….: I have had my two swarms from last Spring over-winter and now I am looking to do some splits from my survivors. I have made some improvements on some of my wooden-ware as […]

June 17, 2014

Better Late Than Never

Two things come to mind, referring to the title of this blog. One is that I have bees again, and two, I am posting a blog after a long delay. My phone rang not too long ago and a man said that he had a swarm of bees out by his mailbox next to the […]