The ‘social mobility’ of worker bees


This won’t be any surprise to beekeepers or people who know anything about bees: About 20 percent of the worker bees do most of the foraging. And when these foraging bees need to be replaced, other workers step into those roles. This short video (1:32) from the New York Times makes that point and showsContinue reading “The ‘social mobility’ of worker bees”

Bees need water: a video by Jim Tew


We recently posted a short piece on the fact that bees need water, and it’s up to the beekeeper to make sure they have it. This is a good follow-up to that post — especially since it reminds us that bees need water, no matter what season of the year. The video below has ourContinue reading “Bees need water: a video by Jim Tew”

Jim Tew describes the inside of a feral beehive


What’s the inside of a natural beehive like? According to beekeeping expert, it’s quite different from the hives that we construct for our bees. In the video below, Tew draws out the comparison. Tew spoke to the Blount County Beekeepers Association  on Aug. 11, 2014), and the five-minute video segment below is part of one of hisContinue reading “Jim Tew describes the inside of a feral beehive”

BCBA’s booth at the Maryville’s Farmers Market, August 0214


Beekeepers from the Blount County Beekeepers Association got to show off some of their equipment, honey and bees to the folks at the Maryville Farmers Market. The beekeepers included Harlen Breeden, Bill Manuel, Charlie Parton, Jose Ashbrook, Christy Ridley and Heather Lowery, one of John Skinner’s graduate students who brought a four-story observation hive. Thanks very muchContinue reading “BCBA’s booth at the Maryville’s Farmers Market, August 0214”

The ‘waggle dance’ explained: video by bio-tracking lab at Georgia Tech


Most of us know about the “waggle dance” the bees do to tell other bees about pollen and nectar sources outside the hive. But how exactly does that work? The video below explains it about as well as any we have seen. It comes from the bio-tracking lab at Georgia Tech University.     Remarkably, allContinue reading “The ‘waggle dance’ explained: video by bio-tracking lab at Georgia Tech”

Tew: the natural hive is not a ‘permanent’ home for bees


Bees build hives in trees and elsewhere without the thought that this will be their “permanent” home, according to beekeeping expert Jim Tew. Tew spoke to the Blount County Beekeepers Association August meeting on Aug. 11. One of his presentations concerned why colonies are “stressed,” and in explaining that he talked about what happens whenContinue reading “Tew: the natural hive is not a ‘permanent’ home for bees”

A panacea for hives with queen problems from Michael Bush


Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper, and strong advocate of non-chemical beekeeping (and someone we have quoted here before), says there is a single solution to almost all queen problems in a hive: There are few solutions as universal in their application and their success than adding a frame of open brood and eggsContinue reading “A panacea for hives with queen problems from Michael Bush”

Re-queening: Five reasons not to do it


Almost all of the Sacred Texts and Tribal Elders of Modern Beekeeping will give you this straightforward piece of advice: You must re-queen at least every two years to keep up the honey production. Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? But let’s think about it in a different way for a moment. There are some veryContinue reading “Re-queening: Five reasons not to do it”

BCBA members report on their honey harvests


We asked our members to report to us on what kind of a honey harvest they had this year. Here are some of the responses: Charlie Parton My honey crop was average based on the number hives which survived the winter. A bright spot is that the bees I moved to north Georgia are makingContinue reading “BCBA members report on their honey harvests”

Marla Spivak on why we are in a honeybee crisis


Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota is one of the nation’s leading researchers on bee health and beekeeping. She is articulate and eloquent spokesperson for honeybees, the reasons they are in danger, and sensible sustainable beekeeping. In this 16-minute video, she outlines some of the reasons that we should all be paying attention toContinue reading “Marla Spivak on why we are in a honeybee crisis”