SAD and BAD Bees

SAD and BAD Bees

While doing a little clean up work on this site, I went back to BeeSource’s POV page to get a link. And while there, was drawn to re-read some of Andy Nachbaur’s Bee-L posts. Andy was one of the first commercial beekeepers who spent any time writing on the net. I never met him. But always found him well worth reading. And who can forget […]

Bee Genetics

Bee Genetics

Natural beekeeping tends to produce superior honeybee colonies. Ever wonder why? Randy Oliver, in a talk with North American Beekeeping Federation(ABF) bee breeders describes why. The ABF recorded his presentation and kindly provides access to it. Scientific Beekeeping: Thoughts About Queen Breeding Randy discusses: epigenetics natural selection processes the effects of treating and genetic selection why natural triumphs over hybridization and how to win in […]

Strip Built Top Bar Hive

Strip Built Top Bar Hive

At BeeSource, Affreux has shared a few images of his strip built top bar hive. What a beautiful hive! The design reminds me of Barry Birkey’s tbh and reinforced top bars with several neat additions: an integrated, ventilated cover storage space underneath the cover ventilation/drainage/cleanout hive body slot entrance protection above the entrance detachable hive stand Could there be a more beautiful tbh than this […]

Bumblebee Math

Bumblebee Math

The February 2012 National Geographic Magazine, page 26, describes an experiment designed to test how efficiently bumblebees navigate between flowers. Six artificial nectar sources were setup near a nest box. And individual foraging behavior was monitored. Here’s what they found: The flight of the bumblebee-even when not set to music-may seem frenetic and random as the workers forage for pollen and nectar to carry home. […]

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