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Honeybee Pheromones

July 31, 2013 | Bee Havior

By Ol’ Drone Honeybees communicate by issuing strong smelling chemical compounds called pheromones. These fragrances direct specific behaviors and their uses are important in the normal function of a healthy honeybee colony. There are dozens of types of pheromones which are produced by queens, workers, Read more >

Open Air, er, In-A-Langstroth Hive

May 30, 2013 | Bee Havior

By Camilla Bee, Editor Carl from Missouri shared this adventure with us. He found this open air hive, which he’s since named Cedar Bees, in the top of a 30-feet plus tree. Carl’s ladder tops out at 28 feet. Capturing these beautiful bees involved strapping the ladder to the tree, some trout line for Read more >

Honeycomb Built in the Jar

April 30, 2013 | Bee Havior

By Bryan Immink Editor’s Note:  Bryan is Vice President of “the legendary Holland Area Beekeepers Association,” in Holland, Michigan.  He, along with wife Connie and children Gracie and Grant began beekeeping the spring of 2011.  They have “high hopes to go into winter this year with 12-15 strong Read more >

Keeping the Swarm

April 1, 2013 | Bee Havior

Capturing a swarm is more than half the fun; keeping it once you bring it home may be another challenge. A reader shared “I wish I had known more about how to catch and keep swarms. I have caught several swarms but had little success in keeping them from leaving. After asking one of your employees I Read more >