Casting swarms – it’s what bees do


What is the purpose of a colony of bees? Pollination? Wrong. Bees do this by accident. They don’t realize how much they’re helping humans and wouldn’t care if they did. Making honey? Wrong. Bees make honey because this is a stable food source. The fact that humans like honey is again irrelevant to the bees.Continue reading “Casting swarms – it’s what bees do”

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”

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”