• Uncategorized

    David Beckham: From Soccer Star to Beekeeper

    David Beckham is a name known around the world for his amazing soccer abilities, fashion sense, and his highly publicized personal life. Now it has been revealed that he has picked up a very interesting hobby – beekeeping! While most people were surprised to learn this, it does make sense for Beckham to take an interest in bees. He has always had a growing interest in nature and sustainability. As you know, bees play a crucial role in pollinating plants, and their health is vital to ecosystems worldwide. By maintaining beehives, Beckham contributes to the preservation of these essential pollinators. Now, Beckham shares his beekeeping hobby with the world by…

  • Beekeeping,  Beekeeping Supplies

    What is a Super in Beekeeping?

    A part of a beehive you may hear about often is the super. If you are new to the hobby, you may wonder, what is a super in beekeeping?  This article is all about the super. It will discuss what exactly a super is, how to use it, and when to add a super. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Super in Beekeeping? Super comes from the word superstructure, which means a structure built on top of something else. So in beekeeping, a super is a box (or boxes)…

  • Beekeeping

    Best Bee Friendly Ant Killer

    Ants are a pest that many beekeepers need to deal with one time or another.  While a few ants may be no big deal, it is important for beekeepers to avoid an infestation.  Of course, the difficult thing about getting rid of ants is that you do not want to harm the bees too.  For that reason, you must find a bee friendly ant killer.  Why Ants are Attracted to Beehives Ants love sweets, so it makes sense that they are attracted to the scent of honey in the hive.  Another thing that attracts ants to beehives is sugar water in a bee feeder.   Are Ants Harmful to Bees? A…

  • Bees

    What is Brood in Beekeeping?

    If you are learning about beekeeping you will notice the word brood used often.  And if you are new to the world of beekeeping brood is probably an unfamiliar term to you.  So, what is brood in beekeeping? In beekeeping the word brood refers to the eggs, larvae, and pupae of the bees.  They reside in the brood chamber, which is usually the bottom boxes of the hive.   Frames in which brood are developing are called brood frames.  These frames contain brood in various stages of development, as well as some pollen and nectar in the upper corners.  It is important for beekeepers to be able to identify brood patterns,…

  • Bees,  Gardening

    Plant These Flowers for a Beautiful Pollinator Garden Year Round

    Whether you are a beekeeper or not it is beneficial to plant a pollinator garden.  Pollinator gardens are gardens that specifically contain plants for attracting bees and butterflies.  Not only are these bee gardens beautiful, they also play a big role in helping bees. If you have a vegetable garden, pollinators are essential for your plants to produce fruit and vegetables. Bees visit many flowers a day to forage pollen and nectar. The pollen and nectar is then stored and used to feed larvae and make honey. If you are a beekeeper, you want your bees to forage on the best flowers to produce the best tasting honey. So what…

  • Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    What Are The Advantages of Beekeeping?

    You may have noticed that beekeeping can be a lot of work. Beekeepers have to tend to colonies of thousands of bees and make sure that everything is just right.  They are constantly fighting off pests, such as mites and ants, while also ensuring that the bees are producing enough honey to survive winter. So, why do people do it? What are the advantages of beekeeping?   Most people get into beekeeping because it is so interesting.  The way bees work together to make honey is truly fascinating. Other than that, the advantages of beekeeping are honey, pollination, and to help bees.  Beekeeping can also be profitable, so it’s nice to…

  • person holding beehive frame
    Beekeeping

    Spring Beekeeping Tasks

    Spring is an important and busy time for beekeepers. It’s finally warm enough to open up the hives and see how their bee colonies have fared over the winter. They also have several tasks they must do to prepare for the upcoming season. What do Beekeepers do in Spring? Honey bees typically follow a seasonal pattern, so it’s easy to predict what beekeeping tasks must be done throughout the year. In the spring, beekeepers must check on their overwintered hives and prepare them for spring, as well as start new hives. Beekeeping Spring Management Beekeeping spring management times vary depending on the temperatures in your area. Some areas of the…

  • Bees,  Solitary Bees

    Where to Buy Mason Bees and How to Care for Them

    While mason bees look similar to honey bees, they behave very differently.  The biggest difference between the two is that mason bees are solitary. While honey bees live in a hive with thousands of other bees, mason bees live alone.   Because of the mason bees docile nature, many people have had interest in having a mason bee house in their garden.  Buying a mason bee house is easy, but once you get that set up you need to find out where to buy mason bees.  Mason bees are a great, low maintenance bee to raise. If you are looking for where to buy mason bees, the easiest way to buy…

  • Uncategorized

    Valentine’s Day is for Beekeepers

    Did you know that Valentine’s Day has connections to beekeeping? It’s true! Valentine’s day’s origins began in the year 496. It was then that Pope Gelasius, the bishop of Rome, proclaimed February 14 as a feast day in honor of St. Valentine. This new holiday would now take precedence over the pagan fertility festival, Lupercalia. St. Valentine was a 3rd century Roman saint who is often associated with love and romance. While it is true that he is the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages, St. Valentine is also patron saint of traveling, epilepsy, and beekeeping. That means that it is St. Valentine’s responsibility to ensure both the…

  • selective focus photography of black and yellow carpenter bee
    Bees

    How Long Do Bumble Bees Live – The Life Cycle of Bumble Bees

    With the weather starting to warm up, you may soon be seeing the emergence of bumble bees. Easily recognizable by their fuzzy bodies and buzzing sound, bumble bees play a critical role in pollination and the diversity of ecosystems.  Bumble bees have a fascinating life cycle, with their colonies only lasting one year. The life span of bumble bees vary based on environmental conditions and the bee’s role in the colony.  So, how long do bumble bees live?  The Life Cycle of Bumble Bees Colony Initiation The bumble bee colony begins in the spring, with the emergence of a new queen.  This queen has mated and hibernated alone through the…