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Backyard Beekeeping February/March 2022
December 27, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Beekeeping February/March 2022 — 2/1 is available NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Beekeeping for great stories on determining why hives failed, feeding honey from another hive, Langstroth hives, and what garden veggies bees actually pollinate. PLUS mad honey, the product of wild bees harvesting from toxic rhododendron species.

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Are Infrared Cameras in the Winter Necessary?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them.

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What’s Better? Buying Bees or Catching Swarms?

Add to Favorites By Ed Dane – Is buying bees better than catching bee swarms? It is if you buy nucs. There are several ways to start beekeeping. Most beginners start …

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LIST: Common Beekeeping Terms You Should Know
January 18, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

It seems like every hobby comes with its own set of words and sayings. Beekeeping is no exception. I recall the first time I heard an experienced beekeeper talk about her “ladies” during a beginning beekeeping course. Looking around the room and seeing both woman and men, I was all sorts of

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The Varroa Mite: Know Your Enemy

Add to Favorites By Josh Vaisman – Honey bees currently face three difficult challenges to their survival — a lack of quality nutrition, ubiquitous pesticides in the environment, and the …

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What are Ankle-Biter Bees?
January 12, 2022 · · Ask The Expert

Purdue ankle-biters are a type of honey bee developed at Purdue University after beekeepers noticed that some honey bees bit the legs off dislodged varroa mites. Individual bees with this hygienic trait were inbred in order to increase the incidence of the genetic alleles that produced the behavior. The result of this breeding program yielded the so-called ankle-biters.

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What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
January 12, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Even before we open our first beehive, we are warned about pests that may live within. Small hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites are things we dread, so early in our training we learn how to deal with them.

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Moisture Control in The Hives: A Four-Season Approach
January 4, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

We work with the seasons and the bees’ own incredible ability to self-regulate to keep heat, cold, and moisture in check. While it is useful to look at how bees live “in the wild” to understand their natural preferences, it’s good to remember that honey bees are adaptable and live all over the world, in all climates.

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Fascinating Queen Bee Facts for Today’s Beekeeper

Queen bees are fascinating and sophisticated creatures. Before starting your honey bee farm, there are some queen bee facts you must know in order to be a successful backyard beekeeper.

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What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

Raising honeybees is a challenge. One day your hive looks good and a few days later you wonder if it’s going to live.

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Questions to Ask When Starting a Bee Colony
December 29, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

Add to Favorites Backyard beekeeping is gaining popularity as more people want to help bees and other pollinators survive. But starting a bee colony is not as easy as just …

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