Month: February 2012

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 on the net. […]

Bee Genetics

Bee Genetics

Natural beekeeping makes superior honeybee colonies. Ever wonder why? Randy Oliver, in a talk with North American Beekeeping Federation(ABF) bee breeders. The ABF recorded his presentation and kindly provides access to it. Scientific Beekeeping: Thoughts About Queen Breeding Randy discusses: epigenetics natural selection processes the […]

Strip Built Top Bar Hive

Strip Built Top Bar Hive

Affreux describes his strip built top bar hive at BeeSource. What a beautiful hive! The design reminds me of Barry Birkey’s top bar hive with several neat additions: an integrated, ventilated cover storage space underneath the cover ventilation/drainage/cleanout hive body slot entrance protection above the […]

Bumblebee Math

Bumblebee Math

The February 2012 National Geographic Magazine, page 26, describes an experiment testing 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 […]