Posts Categorized: Basic Beekeeping

Grafting

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/31/grafting/

Thousands of queens are raised and sold around the country. But how does one get their bees to raise all these extra queens? The secret lies within manipulating the bees own biology (as does most of beekeeping). There are two types of eggs in the colony: unfertilized and fertilized. The unfertilized eggs will become drones…

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Honey Extraction

Bees bring nectar from flowers back to their hive. The foraging bees give the nectar to other bees that put the nectar in the cells. The bees fan the nectar and pull droplets in and out on their tongues to dry the nectar. Once nectar is somewhere under 18.6% water (higher than that, the honey…

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Don’t Ever Be Lazy

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/22/dont-ever-be-lazy/

My first interaction with bees came when I was around the age of five. It was winter and I was out with my father when he was surveying his hives. I remember seeing bees outside the hive and asked my dad why they were not inside ‘staying warm’ with the rest of the bees? My…

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Nectar Flow

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/18/nectar-flow/

It’s August in Northern California and the nectar flow from the Yellow Starthistle is on… In fact, some beekeepers have already begun extracting honey. For those beekeepers trying to make pure Starthistle honey it’s important to have their bees in locations where there are few other nectar producing plants. Starthistle nectar and honey have a…

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Drone Fishing

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/16/drone-fishing/

Last week, Jody Gerdts and Maggie Shanahan went fishing for drones. Drones and queens mate generally over 60 feet up in the air. Drones gather in specific spots, queens fly by, and the drones chase her. The ones that catch-up get to mate. These drone congregation areas are sometimes even in the same from year-to-year….

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Long Live the Queen!

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/02/1493/

  In the game of Chess, the Queen is the most powerful and important player of the game. Without her the match does not go on and so the queen is protected at all costs. Likewise, in a bee colony the queen is the most valuable individual. She is cherished and protected by the worker…

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Modified Hive Tool

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/28/modified-hive-tool/

Normal Hive tool functions 1. Dislodge Frames 2. Separate Hive Bodies and frames 3. Cut: weeds, vines, plant material, packaging tape, newspaper, pollen patty, taste honey, open treatment packaging, slit zip lock bags (winter feeding). Heat hive tool with smoker to cut out queen cells. 4. Scrape: Top bars, bottom boards, telescoping top covers, inner…

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From the Flower to the Stomach

The gallery of slides above shows images of a honey bee workers proventriculus (pro+stomach).  Nectar from flowers is stored in a honey bees crop, or honey stomach, until it returns to its hive.  Once the forager reaches its hive nectar can be regurgitated and stored in cells.  It is nearly impossible for a bee to…

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