Digger Bees

Digger Bees ADS Of the dozens of varieties of bees, digger bees are among the more interesting. Like honey bees and bumblebees, digger bees are members of the Apidae family; however, they are solitary rather than social bees. In this regard they have more in common with carpenter bees — yet another variety of the […]

Worker Bees

Worker Bees ADS Honey bee colonies are remarkable for their division of labor among different bee types within each hive. The queen bee — of which there is usually only one, even in a hive with 50,000 bees — is the hive�s only fertile female; she mates, and then lays eggs. Drones are male bees […]

The Drone Bee

The Drone Bee ADS     Honey bee colonies are complex social structures; different types of bees in each colony play different roles, all with the purpose of sustaining the overall hive. Most bees are worker bees, sterile females who do nearly all the work of the hive. Hives also have a queen bee who […]

Honey Bees and Bears

Honey Bees and Bears ADS One of the most widespread clich’s regarding animal behavior is that bears like to eat honey. A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh with his snout buried in a pot of honey is an indelible image that millions of children around the world carry from their childhood. But the fact is, […]

Killer Bees

Killer Bees ADS   Several years ago, there was a great deal of publicity about so-called “killer bees,” especially as swarms of these aggressive bees continued their migrations northward through Central America and into the southern United States. As a result of hastily spread misconceptions, and some bad Hollywood productions, an overall climate of fear […]

Do Bees Prefer Certain Flowers

Do Bees Prefer Certain Flowers? ADS   All bees — including honey bees, bumblebees, and carpenter bees — feed on the nectar of flowers, and collect pollen from flowers to feed their larvae. In the process, bees play a crucial role in the pollination of plant life around the world. Bees have a long proboscis […]

Honey Bees vs Bumblebees

Honey Bees VS Bumblebees ADS     Honey bees are among the most useful creatures on earth; not only do they provide us with honey and other byproducts that we can consume as food, but honey bees and other bees play a crucial role in the pollination of plant life. It has been estimated that […]

The Queen Bee

The Queen Bee ADS Most of us, at some point in our lives, have learned something about the function of beehives, and the division of bees into workers, drones, and the queen. Because the roles of these three types of bees are so precisely defined, we can almost look at a hive as a single […]

A Business Plan for Beekeepers

A Business Plan for Beekeepers ADS If you plan to open a beekeeping business — whether as a part-time or retirement activity to bring in some extra money or as a full-time operation at which you hope to make a living — you should prepare a business plan. You will need such a plan if […]

Chalkbrood and Honey Bees

Chalkbrood and Honey Bees ADS Chalkbrood is a fungal disease that affects honey bees, attacking honey bee larvae. The condition is not dire, and healthy honey bee colonies can usually stave off a chalkbrood infection. Prevention is therefore the best method of control; maintaining a healthy hive and taking precautions not to spread fungal spores […]