Category Archives: Beekeeping

Unwelcome Guests

 few weeks ago, my brother in law, Dan, noticed a shocking addition to the hives at the farm while checking up on them.  These black beetles are known as hive beetles and usually aren’t a problem in the north as … Continue reading

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Joe Meyer’s Bee-Beard

f you’re headed to the Minnesota State Fair tomorrow, you can check out my brother Joe the Melissophile as he dons a beard of bees!  1:30pm on Wednesday the 28th in the Horticulture Building on the fairgrounds.  Don’t worry, he … Continue reading

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Honey Making

esterday I helped my brother-in-law Dan check the hives at the farm he’s taking over from my brother Joe.  Now is supposed to be the time of year that the bees fill up a lot of frames with honey, but … Continue reading

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Baby Bees

 few weeks ago, while checking out the beehives, Joe pointed out bees that were ‘hatching’ from their cells! Baby bees, or newly emerged adult bees rather, have an extra furry look making them look a little skeleton like: Joe was … Continue reading

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Honey Bee Pheromones

oe has been teaching me a little bit about pheromones used by bees.  The pheromones of the honey bee are mixtures of chemical substances released by individual bees into the hive or environment that cause changes in the physiology and behaviour of other … Continue reading

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New Colonies in the Hives

ell, since my brother Joe choose not to treat the colonies last fall for mites when we found they were dangerously infested, but to see what nature’s course produced, they died during the winter because of the amount of mites, … Continue reading

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Propolis Tincture

hen my brother Joe harvested his honey at the farm last fall he gave me a gift of a small quantity of propolis from his hives, along with the tantalizing hook that he heard you can make your own ‘liquid … Continue reading

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