Honey Bee Blog

The Honey Bee Blog is my mini-journal about Honey Bees. It...

--lets you know whenever new webpages appear on Keeping-Honey-Bees, telling you about a new find, feature or story.

--keeps you up to date with other postings or news about Honey Bees (like the latest information on avoiding Colony Collapse Disorder!)

Jan 23, 2014

Oconnell farms beetle control

When I open any hive I smash any beetles I see. I then put beetle traps with canola in them even if I only see a few beetles. If I see larva in the frame

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Jan 23, 2014

When You See Large Numbers of Small Hive Beetles

By large numbers, I mean a hundred or more, usually in weaker hives. When I see this, I shake the invaders out. I use the plastic bottom of an old bird

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Jan 23, 2014

10 days later

I have conducted research and study on the small hive beetle for many years.. I appreciate your page and your dedication to this serious matter. Hive

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Jan 23, 2014

Micro waves

Is it possible that Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder is created by the micro-wave frequency omitted by cell-phone towers? Apparently, when a cell-phone

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Jan 23, 2014

cell phone towers of @least 2,3,or4 G

they upset the navagation of bees. Just had a class @ the bee keepers society of San Diego. What a great presentation from a local TEC. used a site well

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Jan 23, 2014

Bee Pollen as a remedy for allergy season

Several years ago, I read that bee pollen could be helpful for hay fever. Every spring I experience watery, itchy eyes and runny nose, sometimes beginning

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May 20, 2013

Wax Moths - A nuisance or an enemy to the honey bee?

Wax moths are a nuisance in most hives. How to keep them from destroying your colony.

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May 17, 2013

Making a Solar Wax Melter - Apiary Journal

Making our first Solar Wax Melter, a step by step guide

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Apr 27, 2013

Raw Honey...natural sweetener extraordinaire!

Raw honey is so precious that throughout history men have been willing to risk life and limb to proccur it!

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Apr 27, 2013

The proboscis (tongue) of a honey bee is similar to an elephant's trunk?

How is the honey bee's proboscis similar to Pinochio, an elephant, a tapir, an anteater and a butterfly?

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Apr 25, 2013

Honey Bee Population declining!

Is the honey bee population decline REALLY a crisis to be concerned about?

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Apr 20, 2013

Greece may lead the way!

So, maybe they are examples of how to avoid financial collapse, but I believe they could be front-runners on how to fight against Colony Collapse in our honey bees. Here is an informative and enjoyable read about Greece's efforts to promote honey bees.

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Apr 20, 2013

Honey Bee Facts

Discover amazing honey bee facts! Find information about the functional stages of a worker bee, the bee dance, beebread, bee anatomy, etc.

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Apr 19, 2013

Swiss activists hone in...

Swiss activists hone in on honey bee loss culprits. Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt, but we can't lose sight of a main cause for honey bee loses. The pressure must continue before we see change.

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Apr 12, 2013

Commercial beekeeping...is it worth it?

There seems to be indications that hobby beekeepers have healthier bees than commercial bee keepers. Find out why.

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Apr 08, 2013

Neonicotonoids - check out this video

Systemic insecticides are a real hazard to honey bees. 20 years ago they were relatively new to agriculture. Now they are common place and bee keepers are losing around 50% of their colonies every year. Share this with your neighbor who sprays his lawn every spring.

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Apr 03, 2013

Suspiciously Grateful

On the one hand, I am grateful that Bayer is trying to raise awareness of honey bee health. On the other hand, does it compute that a company that makes products that hurt bees is trying to educate the public about honey bee problems? Is this a public relations scheme to preempt the publics concerns about their products? If they come across as the "good guy" for honey bee health, then how could their products possibly be bad? Just a thought...

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Aug 03, 2012

What is Bee Bread?

Bee bread is bee pollen. Which of these pollens could be hazardous to your health...plant pollen or bee pollen?

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Aug 02, 2012

Keeping Honey Bees...discover the wonder and enjoyment of bee keeping

Thought you would never be interested in keeping honey bees? We didn't until we discovered their unique design and purpose. Read on and catch the excitement as our family shares what we are learni

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Aug 02, 2012

Bee Anatomy - fascinating facts about honey bees and how they're "put together"

Learn about bee anatomy. What does a bee look like up close? What are each parts' function? Find your answers here!

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Aug 02, 2012

Abigails laying hens - updates from our urban homestead

Abigails laying hens. Updates from our urban homestead

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Jul 25, 2012

The Apiary

An Apiary is a special place for your bees. Explore your options.

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Jun 22, 2012

Bee enemies and diseases. Identification and treatment

Bee enemies and diseases and how they work together to take over a colony.

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May 25, 2012

Wild Honey Bees in a shed and how we removed them.

Wild honey bees have lived in this shed for several years. How did we get them out without killing them?

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May 18, 2012

Naturally Flavored Honey

I know that honey can have different flavors according to what flowers the bees have gathered from. What, in your opinion, is the best flavor? I think

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May 02, 2012

Shouldn't this be a crime?

When we consider how incredibly important honey bees are to our food supply, it's not just the honey bee that is affected. It's like taking a hammer to my own toe (& the toe of everyone else I know)!

Careless use of pesticides might need a stricter level of accountability, don't you think?

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Apr 03, 2012

Spanish Lavender is a top five plant for Honey Bees in Texas!

Spanish Lavender may very well be THE most sought-after plant...by both humans and honey bees alike! The pleasing aroma of this perennial plant is clean and refreshing!

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Mar 29, 2012

Disoriented honey bees

Sometimes it is hard for big business to admit when their business strategies have a profound effect on our food sources and health. Read this recent article to learn what scientists are discovering...

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Mar 21, 2012

Fireweed honey is a mild and smooth honey that is a pleasure to the taste buds!

Fireweed honey is made in the bear inhabited mountains of British Columbia. Here I share how an experienced beekeeper dealt with bears in his apiary.

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Mar 15, 2012

To make a hive transfer, one must be prepared. Here's how mine went.

A hive transfer is necessary when equipment breaks down or you have a remodeled hive. Moving the bees with minimal disruption to the bees takes preparation and care

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Mar 04, 2012

A couple Dallas Beekeepers educating others

I love what they are doing! Teaching children about honey bees and establishing a colony in around 40 different zip codes is a great accomplishment! Kudos to the Pollards!

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Oct 21, 2011

Global warming and electromagnetic radiation as a cause for CCD

We've been experiencing drastic climatic changes in our country. As a beekeeper, I found that there was a time when one day, the weather was fine, but

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Sep 15, 2011

The Top Bar Hive is GREAT for beginner and experienced beekeepers!

The Top Bar Hive is an excellent way to begin keeping honey bees. Find out if this method will work for you.

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Sep 09, 2011

Honey Glazed Carrots

Use the small peeled baby carrots as they are called . Actually they are just carrots ground down to size. Use as many as you think will serve the number

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Sep 04, 2011

Put away your objections!

Keeping your own honey bees is really NOT a strange idea for you to consider! Many are taking up this fascinating hobby with an eye toward its manifold benefits. Check out this excellent article from USA Today!

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Aug 05, 2011

"People shouldn't get a bee in their bonnett..."

A semi-truck with 104 hives of honey bees has an accident...shutting down the highway near Edmonton, Canada. People become afraid of bees being loose, but unless you are right there where their destroyed hives are, they have nothing to protect and therefore are as harmless as a bee you might see flying through your back yard....

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Jul 31, 2011

Honey Bee Pheromones are an integral part of their communication system.

Honey Bee pheromones are the most fascinating thing about bees to me!

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Jul 31, 2011

A drought resistant plant that honey bees LOVE

Texas Sage is the perfect way to feed your bees during the record-breaking drought of 2011. This plant thrives on little water and attracts pollinators with its blooms.

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Jul 31, 2011

New Zealand farmers urged to go bee-friendly

Farmers realize that without the worlds best pollinator (honey bees) as their ally, their crops face certain difficulty. Bee-keepers hesitate to put bees in mono-culture crops without bee-friendly vegetation near by.

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Jul 28, 2011

Pesticides contribute to the weakening of natural communities.

Pesticides indirectly contribute to the weakening of natural communities. The irony is that pesticides appear to be very effective in destroying plant

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Jul 28, 2011

Restaurants keeping beehives on the roof

Beehives in the city? Yes, the Fairmont Dallas is one of many businesses making use of rooftop beehives.

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Jul 25, 2011

A possible cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)?

Bees chronically exposed to low-levels of insecticides are more prone to die than scientists had anticipated.

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Jul 24, 2011

You might not want to kill your weeds!

Dandelions were actually brought to the United States from Europe to provide food for honeybees. Now they can be found across the planet. Dandelions are still used to make an herbal beer in England and Canada and are a rich source of potassium

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Jul 22, 2011

Follow the money when evaluating "scientific research"

Why would one say such a thing? Well, it is common knowledge that the larger universities are given grants from chemical companies to do the research. What would be as counter-productive to a chemical company to pay for something that will end up hurting your own business? I'm just saying...

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Jul 21, 2011

Who can stop the elephants?!

What would you do if a ton-size elephant was eating your garden? Check out the ingenious solution of these African locals in their efforts to save their produce from plunder!

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Jul 21, 2011

Canadian with a healthy perspective

This Edmonton native has a good understanding regarding the nature of swarms...they are practically harmless!

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