Dronings From A Queen Bee

Really?!

November 30, 2012 | Dronings From A Queen Bee

I’m thinking of writing a different column each month for this publication. Instead of ‘Dronings from a Queen Bee’, it’d be called “Really??!!” And instead of being written for humans, I’d write it for bees. I got the idea mid-October, after refilling the feeder on a hive that is going into Read more >

My Drone

October 25, 2012 | Dronings From A Queen Bee

By Charlotte Hubbard Long-term faithful readers may recall that I lost my husband Tom in 2009. Tom and I always found that expression of “losing” someone amusing. It suggests that, like misplaced keys or a cell phone, the object may show up if you just keep looking. It sure would be wonderful, handy Read more >

Bee Careful What You Wish For

September 28, 2012 | Dronings From A Queen Bee

By Charlotte Hubbard Over Labor Day weekend I pulled the last of the honey supers and did fall hive checks. In my apiary, “fall hive check” means ensuring the bees are well on their way to having the amount of honey they need to overwinter, looking at their general health, and verifying that their Read more >

Why Do Bees Swarm?

August 29, 2012 | Dronings From A Queen Bee

By Charlotte Hubbard Last May I flew off to Florida for a long weekend vacation. Concurrently, colonies of bees in my area flew off to find new homes. As I’m on the local swarm list, I received eight frantic calls about retrieving them. Yes, eight, doggone it! Eight families’ nightmares are the stuff of Read more >