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Wednesday words: queen-rearing terminology

Before you begin queen rearing, it helps to understand the lingo. Authors of queen-rearing instructions often use a variety of synonyms which make a confusing subject even more difficult. Below are some of the most common terms—and their synonyms—I found in recent publications. Artificial insemination (or instrumental insemination): The manual transfer of sperm from drones […] Read more

Using the Cloake board method to raise queens

The Cloake board, invented by Harry Cloake of New Zealand, is a piece of beekeeping equipment used to raise queens. The Cloake board method of queen rearing is popular with newer beekeepers because it allows the beekeeper to raise queens with a minimum of equipment and very little disturbance to the hive. Cloake boards are […] Read more