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Trees for Bees Keeping Backyard Bees

Sourwood trees are a good nectar source.<p>It’s old news that beekeepers are struggling to provide diverse, pesticide-free forage for their colonies, as …

10 Reasons Beehives Die in the Winter Keeping Backyard Bees

Winter is coming.<p>Snow covered hives on a sunny day. Photo Credit.<p>Now is the time to begin preparing your beehives for a successful overwintering. …

HOW TO WALK AWAY FROM A MOODY HIVE Keeping Backyard Bees

Every beekeeper longs for the romanticized version of beekeeping. We like to imagine we have an understanding with our bees. A magical connection …

The Ethics of Bee Keeping Keeping Backyard Bees

Bees are amazing! It’s strange to think that I have a relationship with an insect, but truly I do. And not just one insect, but thousands! A whole …

Treatment-Free Beekeeping Explained

In order to explain treatment-free beekeeping in a manner that is productive, it is first necessary to understand that there are many definitions of …

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11 Considerations Before Becoming a Beekeeper Keeping Backyard Bees

A beekeeper smokes the hive in preparation for a regular inspection. Photo Credit<p>Beekeeping is a wonderful and very rewarding experience. I guess you …

Beeginning with Bees (Podcast) Keeping Backyard Bees

Join beekeepers Becky Tipton, Dawn Combs, Robert Riley, and Steve Tipton as they discuss their different beekeeping methods and what they can suggest …

Homestead Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees - Sustainable Farming

<i>It will be quite obvious from this article that we are still beginners in beekeeping. All the better! Often the greatest help to the novice is the</i> …

Want to Keep Bees? Follow These 7 Basic Steps to Get Started Keeping Backyard Bees

A new swarm moves into one of my hives<p><i>Relax. Keeping bees is</i> not Rocket Science. In fact, the less you know, the less you will have to “unlearn” …

Insects

Bees are first insects shown to understand the concept of zero

Bees seem to understand the idea of zero – the first invertebrate shown to do so. When the insects were encouraged to fly towards a platform carrying …

Top 7 Reasons for Cranky Bees Keeping Backyard Bees

Busy bees return to the hive loaded down with pollen. Photo Credit<p>Cranky Bees. They are one of the worst nightmares of a beekeeper. Cranky bees are …

Honey Bees Swarming Keeping Backyard Bees

Seeing honey bees swarming affects people differently. Beeks start thinking about how to capture the swarm and non-beeks, well, they don’t. If you</b> …

Overcoming My Fear of Bees Keeping Backyard Bees

GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a tube of Stops the Sting! Entry details at the bottom of the post!<p>When I was about 11 my dad was stung by a Bald Face Hornet. …

Top Trees That Attract Bees - Nature and Environment

It’s old news that beekeepers are struggling to provide diverse, pesticide-free forage for their colonies, as scientists have been voicing alarm …

Is It Hive Robbing? Keeping Backyard Bees

If hive robbing was going on in your bee yard would you know? Would you know how to help the hives being attacked? I have witnessed hive robbing in …

Center for Biological Diversity

While a little explicit, this footage shot by macro-photographer and conservation advocate Karla Thompson is a rare and amazing example of bee mating …

Classifying Bee Species

<i>There are lots of bee-like insects buzzing around your backyard. Here are some tips to help you classify some of the bee species nearest you.</i><p>By Judy …

Insects

The Birds and the Bees of…Bees Keeping Backyard Bees

It might be a weird subject to read about, (it was even weirder to research) but the reproductive practice of the honey bee is a fascinating …

The Anatomy of a Worker Bee Keeping Backyard Bees

A honey bee is approximately a half of an inch long. Though tiny, it is made up of many complicated and interesting parts. The honey bee is one of …

Varroa Mites & Treatment-Free Beekeeping - Beepods

The Varroa mite is a Pandora’s box that humans will never be able to close. They are here to stay and they aren’t going anywhere despite all our …

The House Bee and the Field Bee Keeping Backyard Bees

When you open your hive and look at the busy moving mass of tiny golden bodies, it is but a mere snapshot of the working hive. The bee colony is …

The Life Cycle of a Baby Bee Keeping Backyard Bees

As beekeepers, the ability to monitor our hives comes in short bursts of activity usually in the form of regular hive inspections. For the most part, …

The Latest Buzz on Honeybees - Animals

Almost everyone has heard about the current crisis with our honeybees, so let’s take a look at what’s going on. Much like you and I and every animal …

Russian Honeybees to the Rescue - Animals

America’s honeybees are in serious trouble. We’ve known this for a while, anxiously watching as populations decline across the continent due to a …

Swarm Catching With a 5

Catching a swarm is a total blast. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting some wild bees for free. You just gotta get a little courageous …

Honey Bees

Rare bees are delaying a highway construction project

CHICAGO — A highway in suburban Chicago has become the second Midwest road construction project delayed temporarily because of concerns about …

Protect Beehives From Natural Predators - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder."</i> Natural …

Clay Fragments Suggest How Long We’ve Been Relying On Honeybees

There’s a lot of worry right now about the future of bees, the friendly pollinators of a third of our food supply. Populations have been vanishing thanks to a condition called colony collapse disorder, and in the past few months, United States and English regulators have taken opposing decisions …

Austrian Town Abuzz After Theft of Some 1 Million Bees

Vienna (AP) -- A town south of Vienna is abuzz over the reported theft of dozens of beehives, containing about 1 million bees, from a local …