$22 Bee Vacuum

We were recently gifted a hive from a family whose beekeeper son left for college. Having moved hives before, I figured it would be easy.  This time I was wrong:

Bees bearded up the front and back of the hive – all day long and at 5:30AM in the morning – because the bottom . . . → Read More: $22 Bee Vacuum

Best Methods for Re-liquification of Crystalized Honey

We are still months away from the 2014 honey harvest and there are a few bottles of honey left from 2013…but they have all started to crystallize. Most people know that you can re-liquify crystallized honey with warm water. I figured if warm water works, hot water will work better.  I boiled a kettle . . . → Read More: Best Methods for Re-liquification of Crystalized Honey

Improved Hive Scale

I was pleased to hear recently from Jamie Bucklin of Humboldt, California. Instead of the $16 luggage scale that I used in my hive scale, he built his scale with a $70-100 digital industrial hanging scale from American Weigh Scales.  The TL-330 is accurate to .2 lbs and weighs up to 330 lbs – . . . → Read More: Improved Hive Scale

Negative Synergy

“Scientists continue to hunt for the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD”. That statement presumes that there is a single cause and not a cascade of causes.  It reflects the way we humans think – we naturally want to find the one answer, the simplest answer . If you were to mashup quotations from William of Occam (see Occams Razor) and Voltaire, you might get something like this: “If the simplest answer did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it”. Continue reading Negative Synergy

Barbarians at the Gate


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It is that time of year when most of the blooms are gone. And with those blooms goes the abundance of food for bees. Being ever ambitious, honey bees are going to find dinner even if it means robbing it from a weak hive. Continue reading Barbarians at the Gate

Dr. Shroomlove: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the rain

Atlanta is hot but, at around 1000 feet above sea level, it is not usually as humid as Houston or Seattle. This year, however, it has been wet and humid. In the first half of 2013, Georgia has received the same rainfall as all of 2012!  I was becoming depressed by all the rain . . . → Read More: Dr. Shroomlove: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the rain

Monitoring Honey Bee Colonies Electronically

I recently got an email from Frank Linton. Frank works at Mitre Corp and has been interested in hive monitoring for a long time. Last year, he organized the first workshop on hive monitoring at Eastern Apicultural Society’s annual conference in Vermont.  I’ll let Frank speak for himself – the following is an excerpt . . . → Read More: Monitoring Honey Bee Colonies Electronically

Zombies, Citizen Science, & Motivation

Zombie bee with phorid fly larvae

A really dead zombie honey bee after phorid fly larvae emerge

As if there were not enough pests that kills bees already,  we can now add parasitic phorid fly to our list of worries.  This fly, recently reported in PLoS, lays its eggs in the honey bee and this turns the honey bee into a zombie.  Rather, the infected honey bee exhibits zombie-like behavior. According to a fascinating, new website, ZombeeWatch.org, “Honey bees infected by the Zombie Fly leave their hives at night and are attracted to nearby lights where they become stranded and eventually die.” Kinda like zombies. Continue reading Zombies, Citizen Science, & Motivation

Bee City 1951

In 1951:

  • Average Cost of new house $9.000.00
  • Average wages per year $3,510.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 19 cents
  • Average Cost of a new car $1,500.00
  • Loaf of Bread 16 cents
  • Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
  • First Color Television Pictures broadcast from Empire State Building
  • 22nd Amendment is ratified which limits US presidential term of office to 8 yrs ( 2 terms )
  • United Nations forces recapture Seoul during the Korean War
  • President Harry S Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as commander of United Nations Forces
  • The term Rock N Roll is coined by Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed
  • Paul F. Moss & Thelma Schnee produce the movie Bee City (movie after the link): Continue reading Bee City 1951

Ulster Observation Hive Project

This is a posting stub where readers can comment on the Ulster Observation Hive. Continue reading Ulster Observation Hive Project