honey bees

Comb

March 1, 2013 · 10 comments

Honeybee’s comb is about the coolest stuff ever. It’s beautiful, functional, symmetrical, and it smells good to boot.┬áComb is also a wonderfully multipurpose substance. It provides structure for a hive, the right nooks and conditions for rearing brood, and storage space for pollen and of course, honey. Bees have four pairs of glands on their […]

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Phacelia

August 8, 2012 · 2 comments

Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) is native to southwest North America. It typically grows in alluvial fans or areas prone to flash flooding. When mature seed falls from the plant onto the surface of the soil, it remains dormant until seasonal flood waters cover the seed with moist soil. Once phacelia seeds break dormancy, the plants will […]

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Last Saturday, Henry and I scheduled a date. We dropped the kids off at his mom’s house, picked up a couple burritos, took a scenic drive out to Blodgett, and then crawled into an uncomfortably warm, insulation-filled side attic, and riled up a couple thousand honey bees. We really are so romantic.       […]

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As autumn sets in, most native plants are finished blooming, and nectar sources available for bees wane considerably. Warm daytime temperatures allow bees to forage widely to find food, but flowers are further apart, making resource collection difficult work. Bees are also gathering plant resins to make propolis, a non-food water resistant substance used to […]

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Bulldozer Bees

August 23, 2011 · 7 comments

                          This is a beekeeper’s idea of a fun Saturday night. My husband Henry is transitioning from being a hobby beekeeper to a professional who specializes in mite-resistant colonies that are well adapted to local conditions. He successfully overwintered one hive that we’ve […]

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