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Honeybee Food Foraging : Where? Why? How Far?

I get asked a lot at market: how do you know that the bees actually went to “that” honey. “That” honey may be Buckwheat, Alfalfa/Wildflower, Fireweed/Wildflower, or Wildflowers of particular regions in Washington State.  Really it is all about flight … Continue reading

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How Do Honeybees Smell?

How honeybees detect smells, things that affect those senses, how humans are using bees sense of smell Continue reading

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New Queens in New Hives

New queens have arrived and are installed. What I did. What happened. Continue reading

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Making and Moving Bee Hive Splits

How I make and move overnight bee hive splits (aka artificial swarms) Continue reading

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Preparing Boxes for Splits and Supers

How I clean boxes and frames & Organizing drawn comb and foundation to create splits and supers. Continue reading

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Snow At The Hives

The February snows have arrived.  I woke up last Sunday to the realization that a bit of snow had fallen and it was not going to stop.  That slowed things down a bit this week, thus this photo essay of … Continue reading

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Boxes and Frames : A Winter’s Tale

I received a call once from a young lady who wanted to see if her husband could “experience a day as a beekeeper” – a birthday present.  Somehow I don’t think she meant: sit in a room in mid-winter with … Continue reading

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Mites That Might Eat Mites

Results from my test of the effect of predatory mites, Stratiolaelaps scimitus (aka Hypoaspis) on varroa mites in 4 of my beehives last summer. Continue reading

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Do Natural Treatments Work (on my hives)?

Some test results from my bee hives and my conclusions from 2013 bee health survey. Continue reading

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How Honeybees Fly – muscles, wings, and stomach crunches

How honeybees fly : flight muscles, wing beats, abdominal lifts, and antennae sensitivity. Continue reading

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