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Beepods Better Beekeeping Blog

Jars of honey line a table at a farmers market. A man behind the table holds a bouquet of flowers.

Not-So-Sweet Spring: How Pandemic-Related Restrictions Have Affected Beekeepers

There are so many lessons to be learned from the pandemic, and it’s not even over yet. One lesson we can teach our students has to do with the global economy. As COVID spreads across the globe, it doesn’t just affect individual countries. Pandemic-related restrictions in one country affect people […]
bees covered in pollen return to the beehive to make their own pollen patties

Pollen Patties? Here’s What Every Beekeeper Should Know

In 2020, you just can’t ignore bee nutrition. In fact, there’s plenty of research showing honey bee colonies with inadequate nutrition are more vulnerable to poor outcomes, including disease outbreaks. So, when bees do not have access to quality forage, they struggle, and deficiencies in pollen resources can spell disaster […]
A bee hangs on a flower as she enjoys its nectar.

What You Need to Know About Forage for Bees, and How You Can Help Them!

Today we’re covering everything you need to know about forage: how bees use it, where they get it, and what sources they enjoy the most. We’re also giving you tips for creating a sustainable garden, full of delicious plants for bees and other pollinators. Let’s get started! What Bees Forage […]
Bee on purple coneflower.

Bee Bodies: Teaching Honey Bee Anatomy

While sitting in my backyard at my daughter’s graduation party, I spotted a bee on a nearby purple coneflower. Its back legs were coated in pollen. As the bee flew off, I was impressed with its ability to take off while carrying the load. Did you know that the “pollen […]
probiotics for bees

Are Probiotics Really Going to Save the Bees?

Yogurt. Kefir. Gut health. Probiotic supplements. I bet these are familiar words for you! Gut health and probiotics aren’t just popular with humans right now. Many beekeepers use probiotics for their colonies in order to boost their immune systems and make them less vulnerable to diseases and insults like colony collapse […]