Message: I love my neighbor….BUT I hate the honey bees that FLY all over our farm/yard/pool/kids and play yard!! My little grandchildren are scared of them. How can I deter the bees without insulting my nice neighbor?? Frustrated! Dear Frustrated, I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but I offer it […] Read more
I agree she sounds kind of creepy. But here’s the problem: she is right. All types of bees really do have five eyes. The two big eyes on a bee are called compound eyes because they are made up of thousands of tiny lenses. Each lens (called a facet) sees a small part of a […] Read more
Sunshine made an unexpected appearance, so I got my camera and went looking for . . . well, I really didn’t know. Just something. The trees were heavy with blossoms, the bees were soaring, and it seemed like an all-around good day for photos. What I found was completely unexpected. I started photographing a honey […] Read more
Beekeeper Herb Lester sent in these photos showing how he goes about installing a new package of bees. I thought it might be helpful to see what this looks like if you’ve never done it before. Herb installs his packages the same way I do. Instead of shaking the bees out, he just sets the […] Read more
I can think of more productive things to do with your time. That’s like asking if you should put out meat for your neighbors’ dog or Big Macs for your neighbors’ kids. It might work, but it’s a lousy strategy for getting along in the world.
Sugar syrup is not the equivalent of infant formula. Sugar syrup is not something we feed to package bees because they are young, immature, or mere fledglings. In fact, bees are adults when they emerge from the brood comb. During their babyhood as larvae and pupae they ate royal jelly and bee bread, but an […] Read more
Actually, the beehive stays in one place. I’d love to see a Langstroth flitting among the flowers, but so far no luck. The bees themselves, however, start to forage almost immediately after they are installed in the hive. If it is warm and dry enough to fly, some bees will begin orienting themselves by flying […] Read more