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Are Infrared Cameras in the Winter Necessary?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them.

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Top Bar Beehives vs Langstroth Beehives
October 18, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Not long after our teenage son started raising honey bees, a family friend built him a top bar beehive with an observation window using beehive plans from a homesteading book. It was …

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What Are Those White Worms in My Honey?

The little white “worms” we sometimes see in honey are not actually worms at all. Instead, they are the larval stage of the wax moth. Just like honey bees, wax moths go through four stages of metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

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LIST: Common Beekeeping Terms You Should Know
October 14, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

It seems like every hobby comes with its own set of words and sayings. Beekeeping is no exception. I recall the first time I heard an experienced beekeeper talk about her …

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Moving Beehives: What You Need to Know
October 11, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

When you first got interested in starting beekeeping, I know you did tons of research and thinking about where to put your hives. But sometimes things change and you need …

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How Long Will a Colony Survive Without a Queen?
October 9, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Even without a queen, a honey bee can complete her normal adult lifespan of about four-to-six weeks.

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Should I Leave Supers on For the Winter?

Should I leave supers on for the winter?

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What You Can Learn from the Beehive Entrance
October 6, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

One of the most anticipated jobs for the beekeeper is doing a hive inspection. This is when you get to look into the hive and be assured that all is …

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Common Langstroth Hive Setup

A Langstroth hive is the most common beehive in developed countries. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (the creator) observed that if 1 cm space was left between the cover of a hive and the top bars, that the bees would not fill it with burr comb or propolis—it was deemed walking around space.

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What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
October 2, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Even before we open our first beehive, we are warned about pests that may live within. Small hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites are things we dread, so early in our training we learn how to deal with them. …

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