Archive for the ‘In Other Apiaries’ Category

Take a look at the photos taken Saturday, 24 May 2014 at he Watertown Field Day site. Thanks to Julia and Andy Harper.

Without the Queen, there is no colony... only chaos.

Without the Queen, there is no colony… only chaos.


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The story goes like this: David’s father, Arthur Hoehn, was looking for a way to stay busy when he retired. So, one day, he bought some bees.

David Hoehn’s father, Arthur, right, taught the family everything they know about beekeeping. Arthur was a beekeeper for 27 years, raising up to 70 hives at his peak. He died in April, but this photograph hangs in the family’s honey house so Arthur can keep an eye on things.

“The thing about beekeeping is it gives you something to do all year long,” David says. “In the spring, in the summer. In the winter you work over the boxes, cut out all the rotten wood. And the next thing you know, here come the bees again.”

Arthur’s hobby blossomed into an obsession. At the height of it, he managed 70 hives, producing hundreds of gallons of honey each year.

“When you have one hive, you want two. When you have two, you want four,” David explains. “And if you got four hives, you want eight — that’s just being a beekeeper.”  [ … continue reading ]

Source: http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2013/jul/25/shawnees-most-honest-business-has-no-employees-cus/


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Claudia Kawczynska | July 13, 2013


Bazz, wearing his new bee-proof working gear, is Australia’s first apiary dog. Beekeeper Josh Kennett devised this suit so that his Lab, and working partner, Bazz could help sniff out a virulent bee disease, the American foulbrood.

Dogs can’t get near a hive of bees without being aggressively chased away. So Kennett got the idea to train Bazz from his American counterparts but in the U.S. the colder temperatures negate the need for protection. [… continue reading ]

Source: http://thebark.com/content/beehive-detection-dog


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I think I used to work with him.

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MULHOUSE, France — Bees at a cluster of apiaries in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now believe residue from containers of M&M’s candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause.

Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colourful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades.

French apiarist Andre Frieh holds a sample of green-coloured honey at his home in Ribeauville near Colmar Eastern France, Oct. 5, 2012. Keepers believe residue from containers of M&M’s candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause of the oddly coloured honey.


Mystified, the beekeepers embarked on an investigation and discovered that a biogas plant 4 kilometres away has been processing waste from a Mars plant producing M&M’s, bite-sized candies in bright red, blue, green, yellow and brown shells. … READ MORE


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