Tag Archives: queen bee

Troubles with the Monarchy

The last six weeks were not good for the bees.  Our queens kept vacating their thrones, and we were left struggling to keep our colonies healthy while they tried to make new queens.  We have all the elements of a hit HBO series within our bee yard: restless queens, villains (in the form of small hive beetles), sexual intrigue (Will the virgin queens get mated?) and oppressive natural forces in the form of never ending rain.    Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions for My Bees

This is the time when people reflect upon the past year and make goals for the year ahead.  Want to learn a new language, lose 20 pounds, or switch your diet to 100% raw vegetables?  Make these your New Year’s Resolutions!  Everything seems possible in late December with the New Year just around the corner and the actual hard work of achieving those resolutions still several days away.  I’m not making any personal resolutions this year, but I do have some bee resolutions that I am sharing with you.  Don’t be surprised if you see some of these topics appearing in future blog posts. Continue reading