January 26, 2017

When you bought your bees last year, did you notice the queen had a color on her? Unless you have purchased bees more than once, you might not know that the color on the queen bee changes each year. This helps identify the age of the queens we get from different distri...

January 13, 2017

Van Gogh-ing to the Bees

Honeybees, it turns out, are expert connoisseurs of the arts. This may seem beyond the scope of reason. To begin with, why would anyone even wonder about such a thing? But, someone did. According to a 2012 paper published in the Journal of Compa...

January 13, 2017

           Each honeybee, together with its colony, responds to annual patterns that are influenced by a region's climate and amount of rainfall.  Climate is mainly controlled by the positioning of the sun which produces gradual changes in day length and fluctuations i...

January 13, 2017

Hive Got a Few Ideas About Preservation

Mid-January can be a time of hardship for honeybees in Michigan. During this phase, the hives are inactive as beekeepers await the new season. Bees don't hibernate in the technical sense, but they do slow their metabolism and then...

January 12, 2017

Well first of all, let's start out by saying there is nothing good about this announcement, however, something positive could come from this. This is the first time a pollinator has been put on our endangered species list in the lower 48 states, which then allows more...

January 11, 2017

            There are many reasons people all across the world begin to keep bees.  Some choose to care for a colony due to a deep appreciation for the impact they have on the natural ecosystem.  Others start hives with a connection to culture because honey is part of...

January 9, 2017

Should Auld Acquaintance Bee Forgot?

Weight loss is the quintessential definition of a New Year's Resolution. This month, the bloated masses are swarming the gym. They hope to drop a few post-holiday pounds, in penance for the enthusiastic consumption of obligatory suga...

January 7, 2017

Herb have been around for ages and have been used for medical, aromatic and culinary characteristics. It has never been easier to grow a herb garden and you can start with these 8, easy to grow, herbs that will grow in nothing but water all year long.

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January 6, 2017

Have you asked for help from a beekeeper or club, only to get brushed off or met with a lack of interest in helping you? Don't fret, there are some VERY nice and helpful people out there, however, unfortunately there are people in the bee world that are not interested...

January 5, 2017

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a serious threat to Michigan’s eastern hemlock, and forest health experts from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are asking residents in west Michigan to check t...

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