Incredibly stupid things a beekeeper can do by Rusty at Honey Bee Suite

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The worst beekeeping mistakes come from putting off what you should have done yesterday. Somehow, problems inside a bee hive don’t get better by themselves. I keep thinking they will, but they don’t…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

We all have days like this. Read more here: Incredibly stupid things a beekeeper can do — Honey Bee Suite

Beekeeping Vocabulary – “L” is for…

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Having had great success with recipe Saturdays, I’ve decided to add Vocabulary Sundays. Short and sweet vocabulary building for beekeepers and those interested in learning more before taking the leap.

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Today’s word is: Larva

Larva stage of a honey bee’s life

Three days after the queen lays the egg, it hatches into a larva (the plural is larvae). Healthy larvae are snowy white and resemble small grubs curled up in the cells (see Figure 2-12). Tiny at first, the larvae grow quickly, shedding their skin five times.

These helpless little creatures have voracious appetites, consuming 1,300 meals a day. The nurse bees first feed the larvae royal jelly, and later they’re weaned to a mixture of honey and pollen (sometimes referred to as bee bread). Within just five days, they are 1,570 times larger than their original size. At this time the worker bees seal the larvae in the cell with a porous capping of tan beeswax.

Source and read more on the lifecycle of the honey bee at: Tracking the Life Cycle of the Honey Bee By Howland Blackiston

National Honey Bee Day is August 19th, 2017 by Keeping Backyard Bees

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What are you doing for National Honey Bee Day this year? It’s coming up soon. Share your own plans or events in the comments section below. August 19, 2017 is officially “National Honey Bee Day” in the USA. Every year around the country, bee clubs and bee lovers gather together for education, outreach, fun…

Read more here:  National Honey Bee Day is August 19th, 2017 — Keeping Backyard Bees

Raw Honey Food Bars by The Honey Cottage

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These are a big family favorite in our house! These bars are great for when you want a small snack and want something healthy. They are high in fiber, a great source of protein, and energy. They almost taste like a candy bar without all of the added junk. They are also fun to use […]

Read more here: Raw Honey Food Bars — The Honey Cottage

The Brood Food Theory of Swarming by Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association (SCIO)

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From David Morland, ADBKA Chair: I learnt recently that my Grandfather was the first bee scientist at Rothamsted and one of the founder members of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA). His books and papers were passed on to Eva Crane whose own collection was the foundation of the IBRA library. He was succeeded as […]

Read full text here:  The Brood Food Theory of Swarming — Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association (SCIO)

The Reluctant Beekeeper by Farm, Garden and Beyond

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Beekeeping is not for everyone. It takes a certain mixture of patience, fascination and a bit of courage. But with some research and the right gear, it is possible to begin the journey as a beekeeper and have the satisfaction of working with the amazing creature…the honey bee. Do Your Homework The first place to start is […]

Read more here: The Reluctant Beekeeper — Farm, Garden and Beyond

Honey Bees and Yellow Jackets = Two Different Things by The Byrd and the Bees

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I’m not fond of yellow jackets. I don’t know anyone who is, though they are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate. Here is a sweet little honey bee. Look at that fuzz, those intelligent looking eyes! Even though she’s capable of stinging, you know she’d rather just get on with her work. Now look […]

Read more here: Honey Bees and Yellow Jackets = Two Different Things — The Byrd and the Bees

Beekeeping Vocabulary – “J” is for…

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Pieter Brueghel the ElderChristian Vöhringer – Pieter Bruegel. 1525/30-1569 A 1568 painting depicting beekeepers in protective clothing

Having had great success with recipe Saturdays, I’ve decided to add Vocabulary Sundays. Short and sweet vocabulary building for beekeepers and those interested in learning more before taking the leap.

 

Today’s word is: Jacket

A beekeeper’s jacket is one component of personal protective equipment designed to protect the beekeeper from stings. As the picture above shows, early jackets were most likely of heavy cloth, loosely fitting, with masks made of woven straw. Today’s jackets are still loosely fitting to distance the beekeeper from the stinger but are lightweight with thin mesh veils, zippers, and ventilated cloth. Today’s jackets can be purchased for as little as $10 USD or as much as $150 USD depending on the quality and source.