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The Honey Bee Colony:  The hive consists of three castes of bees.  Queen• Fertile female responsible for the total population ~ Worker• Sterile female – does the work of the hive ~ Drone• Fertile male – exists to mate with queen

a honeybee colony consists of three castes of bees: the queen, a fertile female, is responsible for the total population / workers are sterile females that do the work of the hive / drones are fertile males that exist to mate with the queen

Since this is our first year as beekeepers, we have been documenting every step of the process. We’ve read about how bees make honey and the life cycle of a bee. But reading about it and seeing it in person is a totally different experience. Each time my husband goes out to check on our …

A Look Inside a New Honey Bee Hive

Fig. 14; It is easy to identify aborted queen cells because they are opened from the side. Cells opened at the tip indicate that a queen eme...

It is easy to identify aborted queen cells because they are opened from the side. Cells opened at the tip indicate that a queen emerged from them normally.

Bee hives overfull of honey or pollen indicate a bee colony that’s outgrown its hive. Use this advice to prevent a swarm and keep the honey flowing. Photo by Rachael Brugger (http://HobbyFarms.com)

How to Help a Honey-bound Hive - Bee hives overfull of honey or pollen indicate a bee colony that’s outgrown its hive. Use this advice to prevent a swarm and keep the honey flowing.

When my son (15) got his first bees, we spent a few hours with an experienced beekeeper. He showed us around and took the time to show how to properly install the nuc hive.

When my son got his first bees, we spent a few hours with an experienced beekeeper. He showed us around and took the time to show how to properly install the nuc hive.

How to deter the Wax Moth from your beehives.

The Wax Moth - The Warré Store-Providing the highest quality beekeeping supplies and support to help the hobbyist beekeeper succeed

bee check list

Obviously the whole reason to set up, maintain, and stock a beehive is to harvest honey.

Where can you get bees? What are the ways of finding bees? Here is a beginner's guide to raising bees in your backyard from The Old Farmer's Almanac

Beekeeping 101: Where to Get Bees

Where can you get bees? What are the ways of finding bees? Here is a beginner's guide to raising bees in your backyard from The Old Farmer's Almanac

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