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Bumble Bees

Tuesday November 13, 2012
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A Bit About Bumble Bees

The Bumble Bee Lifecycle

As the cool weather subsides and spring begins the strongest of the fertilized queen bumble bee begins her search for new and suitable conditions for her colony.

The early stages of forming a new colony are filled with much work for the queen, and she first must establish a location. Not all bumble bees share the same preference when it comes to nesting sites; some choose to make their nest in underground burrows, or perhaps a nice patch of grass above ground, while others inevitably find your attic or eaves quite to their liking.

Close up of Bombus Vosnesenkii Yellow-Faced Bumblebee at work in the garden

Here is a close up of Bombus Vosnesenkii
Yellow-Faced bumble bee at work in the garden

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The Benefits of Honey

Thursday June 21, 2012
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The Benefits of Honey

Types of Honey and Honey Production

There are over 300 varieties of honey produced annually in the U.S. Honey varies in color from pale to dark amber. The flavor and color of honey is generally dependent on the source of flowers from which the pollen has been gathered. Most honeys we find in grocery stores come from alfalfa and clover and tend to be mild, light-colored honeys.

Honey Bee on Buckwheat

Honey Bee on Buckwheat

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Worker Bees and the Role of the Drone

Tuesday June 5, 2012
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Career Changes for the Honey Bee and the Role of the Drone

Bee on red apple ice plant

Good Morning Sunshine!

The Honey Bees Career Its a Wo-mans World

The honey bee changes her occupation numerous times during her short life span. Upon birth, the female bee enters the hive as a worker bee, then for a period of about 2 weeks her principal occupation is nursemaid to the queen, the drones (males) and larvae. It is a very demanding job since a single larva may eat up to 1,300 meals a day!

As the female bee gets older (by middle-age), the next job is in production — honeycomb assembly. The bee begins producing wax from glands on the underside of her belly which she uses for building honeycombs. Read more


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Honey Bee on Apple Ice Plant

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt

The earliest methods of beekeeping (apiculture) are recorded on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Sugar was unknown in the region and Egyptians had to rely on honey to sweeten their breads, cakes, beer, and wine. Egyptians captured wild bees and created hives out of baskets made from reeds. The reliefs from Egyptian tombs show hives stacked on top of one another, similar to today´s beekeeping practices. Beekeeping was a migratory occupation; Egyptian Beekeepers loaded the basket hives onto small boats that sailed along the Nile in search of blooming flowers. Read more


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For common home invading insects and arachnids like ants, spiders and earwigs, even outdoor roaches that come in sporadically, we are able to price over the phone. These situations we handle day in and day out. This type of work is predictable enough that we can price up-front. Read more

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