Remember: Provide water for your bees


Bees need water just about all year long — especially in these final hot, dry days of summer. Water is vital for a number of functions the bee must perform, particularly cooling the hive, so it’s up to the beekeeper to make sure the bees have a good source of clean, fresh water close toContinue reading “Remember: Provide water for your bees”

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”

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”

Maria Popova reviews ‘A Sting in the Tale’ by Dave Goulson


Maria Popova, who produces the wonderful and stimulating BrainPickings.org website, has written a lengthy review of Dave Goulson’s book, A Sting in the Tale. The review is titled, A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors, and subtitled, How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked “the longest marketing campaign inContinue reading “Maria Popova reviews ‘A Sting in the Tale’ by Dave Goulson”

The joys of buckwheat, part 3: The crowd


If you want to dig into a beekeeping subject with some depth and with people from around the globe, try BeeSource.com. It’s an online bulletin board where thousands of people go to contribute, discuss, learn and even argue (though always civilly). After writing about buckwheat on this site (HERE and HERE), I posted something aboutContinue reading “The joys of buckwheat, part 3: The crowd”

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”

Blue Ribbon Country Fair 2014 schedule, rules, entry forms available


Doug Hardwick has sent along information and forms for the Blue Ribbon Country Fair and wants to make sure we all have access to them The Blue Ribbon Country Fair will be Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. Admission is $5 per person and free to children underContinue reading “Blue Ribbon Country Fair 2014 schedule, rules, entry forms available”

‘Burt’s Buzz’ tells story of the Burt behind Burt’s Bees


We all know who he is: the image of the part-hippie, part mountain man who graces the packages of bee’s wax at the check-out counter. His real name is Burt Shavitz. He lives alone in a small house that he built in northern Maine. It doesn’t have electricity or running water. Shavits started Burt’s Bees,Continue reading “‘Burt’s Buzz’ tells story of the Burt behind Burt’s Bees”

New York Times op-ed article issue call for diversity to help the bees


When a majordomo in the mass media pays some attention to bees, we try to take note. This week it was the New York Times, which has been paying quite a bit of attention to the plight of honeybees in our current difficult environment. The author is Mark Winston, a biologist and the director of theContinue reading “New York Times op-ed article issue call for diversity to help the bees”