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How Bee Breeds Behave: Observations from the Bee Yard

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How Bee Breeds Behave: Observations from the Bee Yard

It’s a busy time of year for honeybees, and the bees breeds who call our bee yard their home are no exception. We installed the hives, the bees are used to their new digs, and now it’s time for them to get to work! Buckfasts and Carniolans are the breeds […]

Why Nonreproductive Swarms Happen: They’re Not a Bad Thing!

Nonreproductive swarms can cause some serious head-scratching for beekeepers. When more than half of your colony has flown the coop at a time of year you’re not expecting them to swarm, you might be wondering what they’re up to and why. Once you’ve heard what drives bees to nonreproductive swarming, […]

The Drone Bee and His Date With Destiny

“Today’s the day!” the drone bee squealed as he woke up that fateful summer morning. He’d made trips to drone congregation areas before, hoping to meet his queen, only to come back to the hive, sad and loveless, every time. He knew he was running out of time – drone […]
Bees use combs

How Bees Use Comb

I find how bees use comb to be one of the most interesting things about beekeeping. The fact that people outside the industry often call all comb “honeycomb” makes sense; after all, honey is the most recognizable bee product that people are familiar with. To me, the truth about how […]
KIp Jacobs

Think Like a Bee: Q&A with Teacher Kip Jacobs

Seventh-grade science teacher and long-time Beepods customer, Kip Jacobs, chatted with me about how he uses his school’s Beepod to teach students how to think like a bee, make observations, and record data. The University School of Milwaukee teacher enthusiastically shared his advice on teaching bees to students of various […]