A thought on honey

Acacia honey, lavender honey, heather honey, borage honey, clover honey, chestnut honey, sunflower honey…….. The specification of a single plant from which the nectar for producing honey is supplied seems to suggest purity, lack of contamination and unique identity, therefore warranting an ‘expensive’ tag. But there is something very odd about this marketing spin.  I … More A thought on honey

Hive Inspection

Varroa Count A varroa mite is a small reddish-brown creature which looks like a tiny crab.  It is about 2 mm in length, therefore visible to the naked eye, though I do like to use a magnifying glass to see them better.  They attach to the backs of bees and feed off their blood.  During … More Hive Inspection

The HeBeeSheBees

Let’s talk sex – the sex of honey bees. Honeybees are social insects that live in colonies of up to 80,000 members.  It is a species upon which humans are entirely dependent.  They enable plant reproduction through pollination.  We’ve taken this fact for granted, until the decrease in the number of bee colonies and increasing … More The HeBeeSheBees

Signs of Spring

The blue and great tits in the garden appear to have developed a symbiotic relationship with our bees.  In “Housekeeping”, I talked about how mortary bees clean the hive of corpses, and how the blue and great tits seem to like them.  The birds have become bolder over the weeks and now perch on the bees’ … More Signs of Spring

Housekeeping

It was a little warmer yesterday, I think about 8°C.  Hence signs of bee activity. One thing to be said of bees, is that they are very good housekeepers.  They periodically engage in a clear out, and we often witness the removal of dead corpses from the hive.  It may sound morbid, but it’s a heart-warming … More Housekeeping