Why Don’t We Sample Drones?

Recently at the last beekeeper meeting, the topic of sampling drone bees was discussed. There was a good article by Zac Lamas that can be found in the May issue of The American Bee Journal. I was unable to find an easy way to copy the article for this post, however I did find a... Continue Reading →

When Bees Swarm

If you see a swarm of bees, please call one of our beekeepers.  There are three things a beekeeper will want to know: 1.  Where is the swarm located – for example how high is the swarm? 2. How big is the swarm? 3. How do you know they are honeybees? Please describe them. Here... Continue Reading →

Hops and Bees: A Lucky Combo

Published on March 30, 2021 Brewing beer. It’s a process that’s been around almost as long as beekeeping. The main ingredients in beer are water, a grain (typically barley), yeast, and especially hops. When brewed and fermented together, these ingredients create the beer so many of us enjoy.  Do you know what else enjoys hops? Bees! They help... Continue Reading →

How Bad Is California Almond Production For Bees?

Published on January 23, 2020 Photo by I.Patron from Veganliftz using Canon EOS R6. The popularity of almonds has grown in the last few years. Almond production in California is an agricultural endeavor that impacts many interested parties and often in conflicting ways. While it seems production can be detrimental to bee populations, a complete... Continue Reading →

Bee Vision- What is it and why is it different.

Here’s an “eye-popping” fact: The USDA estimates that 80% of insect crop pollination is accomplished by bees. Scientists consider bees to be a keystone species. They are so important to an ecosystem that it will collapse without them. At least 90 commercially grown crops depend upon bee pollination for survival. How important is the pollination... Continue Reading →

Beekeeping In April

WisconsinPollinators.com, Beekeeping by the Month In April, the bees are in full swing. There will still be a few cold snaps, especially in early April, but by the last two weeks, the weather is good for bees to rapidly expand and to even start bringing in more and more nectar and pollen. The heaviest nectar... Continue Reading →

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