Beekeeping 101

What Makes My Colony a Superorganism?
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

The suppression of individual needs is the trait that best defines a superorganism. Even though each bee is a separate entity, the colony behaves as if it were one large, multicellular organism where each bee is like a single cell.

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Telling The Bees

If you have ever had any doubt that beekeeping is a magical interaction between human and insect, then the practice of telling the bees should convince you that our ancestors held these delightful creatures in high esteem and reverence.

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Queen Introduction
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Introducing new queens is a beekeeping skill that anyone can master on their first try when they keep just a few tips in mind.

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Walkaway Splits
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

The good news is, making splits is nearly as simple as unstacking boxes on moving day with walkaway splits, so keep your cash in your pocket and read on to discover the simplicity of this new skill.

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Where the Bees Are

Our love affair with honey bees runs deep and wide. Today colonies of European honey bees are found on every continent but Antarctica.

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Honey bee, Yellowjacket, Paper Wasp? What’s the Difference?

Sometimes people wonder what stung them and how long the effects will last. Honeybee, Yellowjacket, Paper Wasp? What’s the Difference?

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When to Use an Outyard
June 29, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

You enjoy walking to your backyard and visiting your hives any time you’d like, right? They’re close, accessible, and convenient.

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How Many Frames of Capped Brood is Optimum in a Double Deep During Summer?

Tyler from Montana writes: How many frames of capped brood is the optimum in a double deep during summer?

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Natural versus Grafted Queen Rearing
June 2, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Queen rearing can be as simple or as complex as the beekeeper chooses. Grafting queen bees and natural rearing are the two more common methods.

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What Does a Caught Swarm Need to Thrive?

I just caught my first swarm by placing a deep hive body on top of a very active swarm on a low brush pile. When I got the deep back to the yard, I installed a frame feeder and a top feeder as well as a pollen patty. I inspected the hive yesterday afternoon, and it is packed out with bees (maybe 5-6 lbs ).

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