Are My Bees Really Like Cattle?

Rarely does a person’s expectation match reality.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing if one is willing to adjust their thinking once reality hits.  I still love beekeeping, but over the last few weeks, I realized that I needed to start making some mental adjustments if I was going to become a successful beekeeper.  Continue reading

Kentucky State Fair Recap

This week’s post is all about the honey and bee exhibit at the Kentucky state fair.  If you read last week’s blog post, you know how much I like fairs, and the Kentucky state fair has everything a fair enthusiast like me could want:  world class horse shows, music, a wide variety of fried food, contests in everything from best country ham to largest pumpkin, ……and bees!

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The Buzz From The County Fair

Late July and early August is county fair season, and I love county fairs.  What’s not to love?  Hot dog eating contests, horse shows, quilt displays, an array of fried food, demolition derbies, and all sorts of competitions related to crafts and agriculture can be found at the county fair.  This year I visited three county fairs in the north central region of Kentucky to check out the entries in the honey competitions.   Continue reading

People Are Training Bees to Play Soccer!

Maybe you missed this tidbit in the news, so let me catch you up.  A group of researchers has been training bees to do tricks, aka “nonnatural object manipulation.”  Last Saturday evening I was searching through a scientific journal for articles about bees.  (Reading articles about bees is our idea of a fun Saturday night, and it is a big reason why my husband and I can get by with a very low entertainment budget.)  Imagine my surprise when I read a title in the journal PLOS Biology called, “Associated Mechanisms Allow for Social Learning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect.”  Continue reading

Could Beekeeping Save the US Political System?

The summer dearth is upon us, and there is not much to do in the hives except to keep feeding the bees syrup.  Doug did a walk away split a few weeks ago, and I will write about that once we know how the story ends.  I started visiting county fairs to see honey entries, and you can expect a post on that in a few weeks.  While the beekeeping activities are in a bit of a lull, I took the opportunity to reflect upon the past 6 months when we immersed ourselves in beekeeping.  The bees are wonderful and fascinating, but I discovered that beekeepers are just as wonderful and fascinating!  Here is what my experience has been over the last 6 months: Continue reading