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April 26, 2012 | Dronings From A Queen Bee

By Charlotte Hubbard The first time I worked bees, it was because my very ill husband Tom had, unbee-knownst to us, ordered two more packages of stinging critters. When the buzzing insects arrived, they weren’t willing to wait in wire shoeboxes until Tom recovered. So, armed with Tom’s protective suit Read more >

How do I get the bees to accept a new honey super?

April 26, 2012 | FAQs

Q: I am an 18 year old beekeeper. How do I get the bees to accept a new honey super? I set it up about mid-March. The supers have new wax foundations. The bees are not working up there. The single brood chambers are full of bees. Any help you can give me will be appreciated. A: Kentucky State Apiarist Read more >

What’s a nectar flow and how do I know if there’s one going on?

April 26, 2012 | FAQs

Nectar flow is when one or more major nectar sources are blooming and the weather is cooperating, allowing bees to collect the nectar. There’s a great resource that lists when native plants are blooming for a particular region, based on historical data. (In this unusually temperate year, this may not be Read more >

Any idea where the red pollen comes from?

April 26, 2012 | FAQs

[This picture] shows some really cool deep red pollen collected in Southern Indiana, in early March. Any idea where the red pollen comes from? I think the purple flower sticking to the pollen sac may be a good clue. Readers, any ideas? Please use the comment area below. Read more >