It’s Swarm Season

I was determined to have a very productive bee day yesterday. I was going to participate in a honey bee virtual zoom conference, polish off a lecture I'm giving next week on honey bee biology, get through a mountain of emails (that only ever seems to grow bigger!) and a bunch of other tasks on... Continue Reading →

I’ve been robbed!

Or more specifically my bees have been. It is an unpleasant part of keeping bees - the fact that although fascinating and amazing creatures that can be a pure joy to watch toil away, there is indeed a dark and sinister undercurrent to the colony. Okay that might be a bit dramatic but let me... Continue Reading →

September

Wow what a month for all things bee! It has been a long time since I posted and it isn't because I was taking a break. Far from it! This month saw me travel to Montreal, Quebec and Raleigh, North Carolina to immerse myself in expanding my bee education. I've also been busy trouble-shooting with... Continue Reading →

National Honey Bee Day

Yesterday - August 17th - was National Honey Bee Day. Okay this is in the USA but, hey, I think honey bees are worth celebrating so I'm considering it a day here in Canada too! So with that in mind I packed up the 3 kids for a day of honey bee adventuring. And how... Continue Reading →

Hive Check: Week 3

Another week flew by like a high speed bullet train. I can feel it - the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, summer is winding down. But another week gone by meant I could get out and check my hive again - something that I find myself really looking forward to as... Continue Reading →

Hive Check: Week 2

I went yesterday afternoon to check on my hive - my feelings were a mixture of excitement and trepidation as August kicks into full swing and the clock ticks down on ensuring my colony is strong enough to survive the winter. So as we pulled up on the lawn beside my hive I was relieved... Continue Reading →

Honeybees are a superorganism

Last night at dinner time my 5 year old said "Hey Google, set a timer for 3 gagillion-billion-million-and-28 milliseconds". Well apparently Google knows what a gagillion is and at 2:03 am the timer went off. Thanks Google - I don't need to sleep anyways. I used the time, laying awake as the house slept soundly,... Continue Reading →

First Hive Check

Yes! I had made it through the week without disturbing my little colony even though I really wanted to take a peak. So finally it was Saturday and the day had come when I would be able to pry that lid off and see what my little friends had been up to and how they... Continue Reading →

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