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  • How to Get Started in Beekeeping
    March 23, 2020 Scott Derrick

    How to Get Started in Beekeeping

    Beekeeping is a fun and rewarding hobby. It’s quite satisfying to watch your bees move from flower to flower as they work your flowers and veggies. Your garden thrives and produces, and then — of course — you get to enjoy...

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  • Fantastic Products Found In A Beehive – Part 2
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    Fantastic Products Found In A Beehive – Part 2

    In our last blog post, we went over a few of the different supplies that are found in beehives and how they can be beneficial to both bees and humans. We reviewed just how helpful beeswax and pollen both are when it comes to what they provide for both bees and humans. While these two extra ingredients are extremely beneficial, they are not the only ones that we use from the hive. In our post today we are going to visit three more components of the beehive, one of them being the most commonly thought of ingredient: honey. Aside from that, we will review the ways that royal jelly and propolis play a part in the honey making process and how they are used long after the hive has done its job.

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  • Are Neonics Killing Bees?: The largest ever field study brings conflicting views and controversy
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    Are Neonics Killing Bees?: The largest ever field study brings conflicting views and controversy

    In late June, the results of the largest ever field study into the effects of neonics on bees were published in the premier peer-reviewed journal Science. Framed as a watershed moment by many, the paper is likely to pressure the European Commission towards a total ban on the widely used insecticides, with a partial moratorium already in place.

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  • Does Royal Jelly Make a Queen?
    August 14, 2017 BlythewoodBeeCompany Admin

    Does Royal Jelly Make a Queen?

    Royal jelly. A majestic, sumptuous name for what is very much akin to worker bee snot.

    Secreted from glands in the heads of nurse bee proles, this milky-colored, protein-rich substance is created for the sup of the newly-hatched Apis mellifera. While it is just a limited-time garnish for the ‘beebread’ (fermented pollen) and honey diet of young worker bees, the queen feeds exclusively on this luxury foodstuff.

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  • Hawaii and the Varroa Mite: A case study
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    Hawaii and the Varroa Mite: A case study

    An archipelago of volcanoes in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the supposed birthplace of our old two-term president, the state of Hawaii is the most isolated population center in the world. For a heavenly stretch of years, it had miles and miles of virtually uninterrupted ocean to buffer it against the spread of pests and diseases swarming the planet elsewhere. Then came globalized man. Whether by accident (as with the coffee borer beetle) or the wayward good intent of conservationists (as with the mongoose), our bungling ways have since played havoc with the island’s natural biodiversity.

    As much can be said for the varroa mite – the feature pest of our weekly blog series this past fortnight, and the rampant terror laying low domestic and feral honey bee colonies worldwide.

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