For anybody thinking about getting bees, an important consideration is – where to put them?
There is no perfect site for bees but there are points to consider – some affect the summering and some affect the wintering. It’s all swings and roundabouts (or snakes and ladders) with bees. Continue reading Bee Basics – Apiary Site
If the queen is the ovaries and the workers are the body and brains of the colony as a super-organism, then the drones are its balls. The primary function of a drone is to mate with a queen but he also seems to have a calming effect on the temperament of the colony.
Mating Continue reading Bee Basics – the Drone
The queen bee has three duties:
- To get herself mated;
- To lay eggs;
- To provide social cohesion or stability via the production of pheromones.
Mating Continue reading Bee Basics – the Queen Bee
After a day as cold and windy as today thoughts turn to cosy nights in by the fire with a good book. Here are some recommendations for beekeepers.
The first beekeeping book I ever read was Ted Hooper’s ‘Guide to Bees and Honey’ which is still the best book for beginners in my opinion. It’s so well written I sat down one week in winter and read it from cover to cover like a novel. The following spring I got bees and the fun began.
After a couple of years struggling with swarmy bees, I bought L.E.Snelgrove’s book ‘Swarming – its Control and Prevention’ which summarises the causes of swarming and the traditional means of prevention and also introduces the ingenious and adaptable Snelgrove board – a piece of equipment no beekeeper should be without. Continue reading Winter Reading