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When Good Bees Turn Bad

“Honey bees don’t want to sting you.”  I tell school children this all the time when I conduct outreach events on behalf of our local beekeeping association.  What I don’t tell the children is that my statement is only partially true.  Honey bees do want to sting you in the months of July and August.  During this period, our naturally docile bees turn into hell on wings.    

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We Are Splitting This Year!

My nephew was incredibly flexible when he was young.  He reminded me of the comic book character Plastic Man.  Family members joked that he was made of rubber.  He could bend his hands backwards and contort himself into poses that could only be achieved by a human body less than a decade old.  One of his more impressive tricks was dropping from a standing position into a perfect split.  He would do this so suddenly and so completely that all the females marveled and all the men winced with pain at the sight of it.  My nephew grew up and is now an adult about to leave for college.  He doesn’t perform gymnastic parlor tricks anymore, and I stopped thinking about splits until I became a beekeeper.  Doug and I have been doing splits this spring but not the kinds of splits that lead to a groin injury.  In the beekeeping world, a split is what you do when you divide a bee colony, and bee splits can be just as tricky as the splits performed by gymnasts. 

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