Posts Categorized: Fun Facts

Beeswax Candles

https://beeinformed.org/2012/12/11/beeswax-candles/

There is something about the scent of beeswax that always makes me think of the holiday season.  I remember late evenings in my garage next to my dad with pounds and pounds of beeswax ready to be molded into figurines and candles, a tradition we started when he began keeping bees. Even today, our house…

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Holiday Honey Treats

https://beeinformed.org/2012/12/07/holiday-honey-treats/

Now that it is smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, my mouth is salivating with the anticipated goodies.  The cookies, cakes, pies, main dishes….yum! Who doesn’t mind a little added holiday treat? One of my favorites is a honey baked ham. It is so delicious that I can’t just have one slice…

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Toyon

https://beeinformed.org/2012/11/29/toyon/

I am continuously impressed with the seemingly endless wealth of knowledge beekeepers accumulate over the years. Whether that knowledge is passed down from generation to generation, a product of their own curiosity, or a combination of both; a successful beekeeper, more often than not, possesses a fundamental knowledge of the topography of the land on…

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Hurricane Sandy and the Seabees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/11/05/hurricane-sandy-and-the-seabees/

Last weekend the east coast was hammered by Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, all of us at the University of Maryland lab made it through unscathed, but some areas of the East Coast weren’t so lucky. My heart goes out to everyone who experienced flooding and devastation. I kept my parents company during the hurricane at their home on…

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Bats As Pollinators

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/25/bats-as-pollinators/

Last week we got the opportunity to sit on in some of the presentations at the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) conference in Arlington, VA. A few of these talks mentioned or focused on unusual pollinators. To me, when I think pollinator I immediately think bee and I would guess it is the same…

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Halloween and the Honey Bee

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/24/halloween-and-the-honey-bee/

Halloween is coming up ladies and that means you need to pick a costume and fast. For you bee enthusiasts out there it may be difficult to waver from variations on the cute honey bee costume popularized by the “Bee Girl” in Blind Melon’s 1993 video for “No Rain.” This year however I challenge you to…

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Autumn and the Death of Drones

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/19/autumn-and-the-death-of-drones/

The autumn is here and it is getting pretty chilly in Minnesota. The shorter days and decreased temperatures also mean doom for the poor drones. While sampling colonies this past September, we saw worker bees drag out their reluctant brothers. A drone’s function is to mate, and there isn’t mating going on in the winter….

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Honey….A Holiday Tradition

https://beeinformed.org/2012/09/14/honey-a-holiday-tradition/

I have always had a fascination with the holiday traditions of different religions and cultures. Today, I stumbled across a recent article on nydailynews.com about Rosh Hashanah and bees.  Bees have taken a prime role in the Jewish tradition. Honey represents wealth and happiness, is considered kosher, yet the comb is not.  It is however…

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All the Rage

https://beeinformed.org/2012/09/12/all-the-rage/

In the past few years I have noticed what I like to call the ‘owl phenomenon.’  Whether it is fashion, jewelry, stationary, kitchen gadgets, china figurines, tote bags and host of other items, owls are showing up everywhere. Keeping in characteristic with all trends that come and go, a new creature is slowly seeping into…

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Childhood Memories

https://beeinformed.org/2012/09/05/childhood-memories/

It is funny how in life it seems we always seem to gravitate back to what we know. As a young child, up until about the young age of seven or so, my father kept bees.  It was something I had not given much thought to until I started working for Dennis as an undergrad,…

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