Month: May 2010

Early Summer

Early Summer

Early summer is a season of recovery from winter’s deprivation. Abundant spring resources and climatic warmth have fueled a couple of brood cycles filling colonies with healthy, young bees. Early spring forage begins to disappear with the decline of the dandelion bloom. It may be […]

Spring

Spring

Spring brings a burst of new life, energy and expansion. Like the plants, a colony awakens to partake of new resources and channels it’s activities toward swarming, which is the colony’s way of propagating itself. A natural beekeeper follows this progression: unwraps hives feed hungry […]

Late Summer

Late Summer

By late summer, most colonies: have produced a honey crop and stored much of their winter reserves bee populations have decreased and a new kind of bee is being reared, the winter bee For a colony to overwinter and prosper next spring, the winter bee […]

Summer

Summer

It’s summer: the bees focus on storing food for winter it’s time to prepare hives for hot weather colony management is minimal the beekeeper prepares for honey production it’s time to control comb thickness can harvest spring honey The Bees It’s summer: spring nectar and […]

Natural Limits

Natural Limits

Change The Land Fifty years ago, when I first got the honeybee bug, Wyoming beekeeping was different than it is now. Farms were surrounded by shelter belts of trees. Fields were flood irrigated using leaky earthen ditches. Farms were small and produced a variety of […]

Too few mites? I know the feeling.

Too few mites? I know the feeling.

The Doldrums I setup a test yard of conventional hives and starting counting mites in 1996. Natural mite drop was counted daily in a few hives, twice-a-week in half the hives, and once a week in the rest. I’d count them this way about 9 […]

Too few mites to study? Naturally!

Too few mites to study? Naturally!

Dr. Wyatt Mangum was keeping top bar hive bees and writing for the American Bee Journal for years. The June 2010 issue, page 581, is an interesting read. It’s his “Fourth Annual Report on the Coexistence of my North Carolina Bees with Varroa”. From the […]

Riding Her Out

Riding Her Out

Springtime in the Rockies It’s that time of year. And Wyoming is a tough place to be at this time. All those imported trees and flowers are blooming ready for the bees. But this year, like almost every Wyoming year I can remember, it won’t […]