Beekeeper Andrew Hogg sent me the following photos. He says: I got some great pics with my macro last August while a pollinator party was going on in my mother’s garden in Muskoka, about 200 km north of Toronto, Ontario. I’d never seen many of these guys before even though I spent every summer of […] Read more
This post has nothing to do with bees. In fact, I just set up a new category called, “Nothing to do with bees”—just to be clear. Instead, this post is about a vowel. My husband and I decided to spend a four-day weekend camping in British Columbia. We left here on an azure September morning […] Read more
I loathe bee suits and wish I had never seen one. Then again, sometimes I need oneor I think I do. The first one I ever purchased was just a jacket. I figured that would be plenty for a hobbyist like me. It turned out to be the most miserable garment I ever owned. It […] Read more
You know I try to answer all my e-mail questions, but sometimes I just can’t think of anything to say—they more or less leave me speechless. Here’s a list of mystifying queries from the past week. If you have a good answer, please let me know . . . Rusty HoneyBeeSuite
A really, really long time. In fact, it ain’t gonna happen. Not ever. Sugar syrup is made from table sugar, sucrose, which is a disaccharide of fructose and glucose. Honey is made from the nectar of flowers. Bees are clever, but not clever enough to make honey from plain old sucrose. Honey has many things […] Read more
Nope, you should always eat your beeswax plain. Oh, sorry, couldn’t resist. If you are asking if it’s safe to eat honey along with the wax comb it was made in, the answer is yes. In my opinion it is the best way. See “How to eat comb honey” for more information.