Category Archives: honeybees


Two days before our package arrived, a swarm moved into the hive!   Bees had been checking out the hive for weeks, but it looked like they were just robbing the remaining honey. I stopped thinking it was scouts looking … Continue reading

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Hive Alive!

It’s still too chilly out to do a full hive inspection, but experienced beekeepers are easing our fears of calamitous collapse in our Carniolan hive. Last week when I wrote to Christine, our neighbourhood beek captain, she immediately assuaged my … Continue reading

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A cry for honeybee help

What do you do with dead bees? I don’t mean the steady trickle of bees who have lived out their useful lives. I mean couches of bees in fungal shrouds. The ‘uh-oh, my bees are dying’ kind of dead bees. … Continue reading

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Bees in the Trees

After a week of gale winds and sideways rain, this morning was still, 50 F, and sunny.  So the bees came out.  I was anxious for the weather to calm down because the witch hazel has entered its first bloom … Continue reading

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