Last night I took a friend to see my hive. As we approached it, I immediately got concerned. Lots of bees were down roaming around on the gravel with seemingly no purpose. I hadn’t seen this behavior before, but had heard others describe similar “Zombees.” We watched them for a moment and then opened the […]

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Unpacking Bee Jargon

Beekeeping, like any other activity, has its own set of jargon. Words that are unique to the hobby thatĀ can be confusing. Some of these words are familiar to the general public, while others are mysteries until explained. Several readers said a dictionary is needed for some of the terms we’ve been using. I get that, […]

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A Beetle and a Sting

Yesterday afternoon we inspected the hive after a two and a half week hiatus. As a new beekeeper, that felt like a really long time. I was worried about cross-comb. But people have assured me it’s good to give the bees space. We chose a hot day, the hottest since we’ve had the bees. It […]

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Height and Width: Building a Top Bar Hive on the Cheap – Part 1

Whether you’re measuring a top bar hive in inches and feet, or by the effect it has on your wallet, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. My wife and I set out to build our own hive in anticipation of catching a swarm or splitting our existing colony. We scoured the […]

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