Skip to content
5 Frame Nucs On Sale Here!
5 Frame Nucs On Sale Here!

News

RSS
  • Nucs vs. Packages: Choosing the best way to kickstart your colony this spring
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    Nucs vs. Packages: Choosing the best way to kickstart your colony this spring

    Spring isn’t far away, and whether you’re a novice or veteran in the beekeeping trade, you might be thinking about starting up a(nother) colony of your own. There are a lot of things to consider – from where you’re going to situate the hive, to what protective gear you’re going to need. The host of decisions can be daunting, but once you’ve got a colony up and buzzing (and several pots of scrumptious honey on the shelves), you’ll find there’s nothing more rewarding than this age-old hobby.

    How you begin to build your colony is one of the more significant decisions you’re going to make. After all, even if you get everything else just right, the success of your harvest will inevitably hinge upon the animals themselves. Beekeepers have two choices in this regard: they can start with a nuc, or a package.

    Read now
  • What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

    Long live the queen. And queen bees do live long – somewhere between 3 to 5 years (although some estimates stretch it to 9). Compared to the worker bee, which reaches the end of her life cycle somewhere around the 42-day mark, she might as well live for a bee-time eon. But whether it’s by disease, old age, natural disaster, or beekeeper murder (which, under certain circumstances, is recommended), at some point or other, the queen must die.

    What then? Do the worker bees riot? Does chaos erupt, and the hive plunge into anarchy? After all, the queen bee is the only bee in the hive fully capable of producing offspring (at the upwards rate of one egg per minute, no less). Though worker bees are physically capable of laying unfertilized eggs (which hatch into male drones by way of parthenogenesis), this rarely occurs. There are two main reasons. The first is to do with the queen’s particular perfume – the spread of which convinces the colony they are “queenright”. It is a powerful pheromone, with various physiological effects – one of which is to cause the eggs inside of all the other females to wither and die (an example of “programmed cell death”). It’s as though she’s putting all her lower-ranked sisters on the pill just by existing.

    Read now
  • What Makes Up Your Honey Bee Colony
    August 14, 2017 Scott Derrick

    What Makes Up Your Honey Bee Colony

    Colonizing honey bees is something that is extraordinary to watch, but even more amazing to be a part of. Where we tend to lose sight is in all of the hard work that these bees are doing in order to provide us with the honey we love indulging in. At Blythewood Bee Co., we are passionate about honey bees, as well as the different types of equipment and supplies that go into creating this home for the bees. We see clearly just how precious this process is, and we hope you can have just as high of an appreciation for your very own bee colony by understanding what components make it all possible.

    Read now