Colony must have 4,000 bees before it makes drone cells, researchers say


Colonies of honeybees must grow to have 4,000 bees before they begin to produce drone cells, according to research recently published by a team of scientists at Cornell University. Making drone cells is the first step in the long-term reproductive cycle of honeybees. But small hives have other survival concerns before they can get toContinue reading “Colony must have 4,000 bees before it makes drone cells, researchers say”

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”

BBC’s Hive Alive gives a close look at the life and activities of honeybees


Ever wonder just what it is that a bee does all day — and all night? Some of those questions will be answered if you watch the new two-part series from the British Broadcasting Company, Hive Alive. The show’s presenters are Chris Packham and Martha Kearney, a journalist and beekeeper herself. The main bee expertContinue reading “BBC’s Hive Alive gives a close look at the life and activities of honeybees”

Best Beekeeping Practices Q & A: Dale Hinkle


Dale Hinkle keeps bees in Monroe County but often makes the trek to Blount County where he is a vital part of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. He is the association treasurer, a position that he has held for several years. Dale is one of the few beekeepers in the area to raise his ownContinue reading “Best Beekeeping Practices Q & A: Dale Hinkle”

BCBA to award three TBA grants


A previous post on this site told you about the grants from the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. The Blount County Beekeepers Association will administer three of those grants. Here’s more from BCBA secretary Stacey Adair: Blount County Beekeepers in conjunction with TBA will be offering 3 grants to new beekeepers. The grant will offer an innerContinue reading “BCBA to award three TBA grants”

Howard Kerr on bees: They are what they eat


You are what you eat; so are the bees. An egg gets hormone-rich royal jelly for about three days, but then the nurse bees most of the time stop feeding that. If a bee continues to get royal jelly, she could develop into a queen.

Inside the hive: a January inspection, propolizing the entrance


Doug Hardwick has sent us the pictures of what he found earlier this month when he inspected one of his hives and fed the bees. Here’s what he wrote: The first pictures show one of my hives and all of the propolis at the entrance. Interesting question: Since we know that ventilation is important, andContinue reading “Inside the hive: a January inspection, propolizing the entrance”