The Bee-Friendly Garden
Gretchen Lebuhn is one of my favorite bee authors, so I was excited to see she's written another book. According to the publisher, "The book debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides how-to instructions for nest boxes and water features." Due out in February, the book can be pre-ordered now.
Planting in a Post-Wild World
Here is a book about designing gardens that are more attuned to naturally-occurring flora and fauna—a bit on the wild side but great for pollinators.
Honey Bee Pollinator Mix
Honey bee pollinator mix contains seeds, mulch, and fertilizer. Non-GMO.
I'm using this in my bait hives and swarm traps this year. It's supposed to be enough for up to 100 traps.
This new book covers the steps necessary to render and clean beeswax and illustrates the many things you can do with it.
Garden Plants for Honey Bees
Do you want to plant for your honey bees? Each plant, illustrated with full-color photographs, is rated for its ability to produce both nectar and pollen, and the plants are arranged by the month they bloom. A one-of-a-kind reference for beekeepers and gardeners. 750 photos, 400 pages.
Why Honey Bee is Two Words
Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; “honeybee” is equivalent to “Johnsmith.”--From Anatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass
The non-native European Honey Bee is the state insect of:
Not one native bee is a state insect. The closest relative of a North American native bee to make the list is the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, the state insect of New Mexico.
Mark your queens with the color of the year so you can tell how old they are:
Years ending in 0 or 5 are blue.
Years ending in 1 or 6 are white.
Years ending in 2 or 7 are yellow.
Years ending in 3 or 8 are red.
Years ending in 4 or 9 are green.
Or starting with 1: Will You Raise Good Bees?
Go to the bee,
consider her ways
and be wise.
--George Bernard Shaw