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Galleria mellonella: An In Depth Introduction To The Greater Wax Moth

Galleria mellonella: An In Depth Introduction To The Greater Wax Moth

I have talked about wax moths here before, but this is a more in depth focus on the biology of the pest so that we can better understand the problem we are all trying to deal with. Wax moth infestations cost the beekeeping industry millions […]

Varroa Destructor: An In Depth Introduction to the Honey Bee’s Most Dangerous Foe

Varroa Destructor: An In Depth Introduction to the Honey Bee’s Most Dangerous Foe

If you have been around bees or beekeepers at all over the last few years, you have probably heard of the varroa mite. You cannot have a discussion about the challenges of keeping bees without mentioning that destructive ectoparasite; they are seemingly ubiquitous, biologically and […]

Honey Bee Stings: The Truths and Myths

Honey Bee Stings: The Truths and Myths

If you are a beekeeper, grew up in the country or just so happened to accidentally pinch the wrong flower, you probably have some experience with a honey bee sting. After the swelling goes down and it stops itching you forget about it until it […]

Raw and Processed Honey: The Truths and Myths

Raw and Processed Honey: The Truths and Myths

In today’s day and age we hear all of the time about the benefits of eating raw, organic or natural, and honey is not an exception. All over the internet there are wild, seemingly outrageous claims about the benefits of raw honey and the evils […]

Spring Checkups

Spring Checkups

At this point you probably have a pretty good idea of your success this winter. If you don’t, wait for a 40 + degree day and go and check. Pop the top, check the stores and tally your wins and losses. Although, there is more […]

The Truth Of Africanized Bees

The Truth Of Africanized Bees

In 1957 a biologist named Warwick E. Kerr was trying to figure out how to maintain a honeybee population in the hot and moist climate of Brazil. During his research he figured out that the most productive bees on earth came from southern Africa. His […]

Collecting Milkweed Seeds In The Fall

Collecting Milkweed Seeds In The Fall

This fall, in addition to building boxes, planning next year’s apiary expansion and reading articles on beekeeping, I am collecting seeds. Not just any seeds but beneficial, native and fragrant milkweed seeds. I am sure you have seen them floating around in the brisk fall […]

My Role In The Environmental Crisis

My Role In The Environmental Crisis

One simply cannot ignore the media coverage of “global warming”, but that does not in any way mean the general public has the whole picture, the factual snippets that in some small individualized way, we have control over. Whether as small as turning the lights […]

How Beekeeping Saved My Life

How Beekeeping Saved My Life

Beekeeping wasn’t one of those things that interested me for a while, or a sideline hobby there for me when I have the time. Beekeeping instantly changed my life, the perspective from which I view myself and the goals I have for the near future […]