Selling at a Farmers Market

Selling at a Farmers Market ADS Your apiary might produce the best-tasting honey in your area, but if you don’t get your honey to customers, no one’s going to know about it. A farmers’ market is an effective venue not only for direct sales but for getting the word out about your products and building […]

How to Sell Your Honey

How to Sell Your Honey ADS Most people take up beekeeping as a hobby; only a minority of beekeepers set out to make a full-time living off of it. Most commercial beekeeping operations in the United States are run by part-timers, hobbyists, retirees, and others who are drawn to the occupation more by their interest […]

Beekeeping in Antiquity

Beekeeping in Antiquity ADS Harvesting honey is one of humankind’s oldest activities; honey collecting has occurred for as long as records exist. Some of the earliest evidence of honey collection can be found in rock paintings that date to around 13,000 BC. Methods were primitive; bees were usually driven from their hive with smoke, and […]

Wax Moths and Honey Bees

Wax Moths and Honey Bees ADS Honey bees are susceptible to attack by many different kinds of pathogens and parasites, all of which seem to target a different feature of the bee colony, whether the brood, the honey and other food, or the bees themselves. Wax moths don’t attack bees but rather feed on the […]

How Do Bees Make Honey?

How Do Bees Make Honey? ADS Honey bees are remarkable creatures. These insects live in colonies numbering 40,000-50,000 bees; the behavioral patterns of bees in a bee colony are precisely defined, with each bee acting in the interest of the colony, not the individual. In the overall ecosystem, bees play a crucial role in plant […]

Honey Badgers and Bees

Honey Badgers and Bees ADS Among the many wild predators that threaten honey bee colonies, perhaps none are as voracious as the honey badger. These omnivores are mustelids — members of what is commonly referred to as the weasel family. They do not occur in Europe, east Asia, Australia, or the Americas; honey badgers are […]

Making Money at Beekeeping

Making Money at Beekeeping ADS The only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee…The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it. ~ Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne’s ‘The House […]

Varroa Mites and Honey Bees

Varroa Mites and Honey Bees ADS Varroa mites, sometimes referred to as varroa destructors, are parasitic mites that attack certain species of honey bees. Varroa mites are button shaped, 1 to 1.8 millimeters long and up to 2 millimeters wide; they are reddish brown in color. These pernicious mites can only replicate in a honey […]

Collecting Honey from a Hive

Collecting Honey from a Hive ADS We are familiar with bees primarily because of the honey they produce; some of us use this sweetener on a daily basis as a healthier, and tastier, substitute for sugar, as a spread for pancakes or bread, as a glaze or ingredient in a variety of recipes, and much […]

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees ADS   When we think about bees, honey bees and bumblebees most readily come to mind. However, there are 25,000 distinct species of bees around the world classified into 9 broad families; the bees most familiar to us make up only a small percentage of the total. And each species has its own […]