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Beehive Kits: Inside and Out

Beehive Kits

The Honey Bee Social Structure Bees, like humans, have a very complex social structure, and beekeepers should understand this structure if they are to be successful. Honey bees are vegetarian and get their proteins from the pollen they eat. Honey bees also get carbohydrates from the honey that is made …

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Choosing the Best Type of Wood for Making Beehives

Best Type of Wood for Making Beehives

Beekeepers can buy or make beehives for their beekeeping operations. You should use the best type of wood for making beehives so that the beehives work for both you and your honeybee colonies. There are many types of wood that are accessible by beekeepers. Choosing the best one for use in making beehives does not have to be difficult for you. In this article, we explore the factors you should consider and give you an in-depth look at different types of woods. It looks at the advantages and disadvantages of popular wood types to give you the best understanding of the types of wood. Use it to inform your choice of the best type of wood that is suitable for making beehives for your use.

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Fun and Interesting Facts about Honey

Facts About Honey

Honey is a product made by honeybees using their special organs. The golden, thick, and sweet liquid called honey is made from nectar sourced from flowering plants. The honey is made solely for the benefit of the honeybee colony. Humans have however welcomed themselves to this banquet, through the domestication of bees and the harvesting of honey in wild bee colonies. In this article, we'll discuss some fun and interesting facts about honey.

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How to Encourage Honeybees to Build Comb

How to Encourage Honey Bees to Build Comb

When you really think about it, a honeybee colony in itself is mind-boggling. It is a self-sufficient unit with tens of thousands of buzzing bees grouped into various categories, with each given its unique role within the colony. Honeybees carry out all manner of tasks that are essential for the survival of their colony. One such task is the building of honeycombs. While honeybees will do so naturally on their own, there are things that beekeepers can do to encourage bees to build comb more quickly. In this article, we will be discussing how we can encourage bees to build comb.

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The Worker Bee: Roles and Characteristics

Characteristics of the Worker Bee

When they said as busy as the bee, they definitely meant the worker bee. The worker bee is the only bee that predominantly handles all the critical chores in a beehive, and this begins from an early age. They will build the hive, and new cells, clean, guard, and take care of the brood and the queen. A beehive would never exist in the absence of the worker bee. The all-female worker bees are easy to identify given their physical and behavioral attributes. They make up 98 percent of a honeybee colony and are the hardest working of all the bee types in the colony.

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How to Bottle and Package Honey

Bottle and Package Honey

After the processes of harvesting honey, it is stored in large containers, usually buckets. The end consumers usually want it in small amounts for their purchase. Smaller units of honey weigh less and are thus easy to transport. Jars are a very popular and common method of packaging honey. Some beekeepers also use tubs that hold a slightly larger amount of honey than jars. Both beginner and experienced beekeepers can easily bottle and package honey for the market. This article details the best practices and methods on how to bottle and package honey.

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How to Raise Leafcutter Bees

Leafcutter Bees

Most people are likely familiar with honeybees, but perhaps not so much with leafcutter bees. Wild bees and other bees such as mason bees are also not a household name as their counterparts, the honeybees. And did you know there are about 25,000 different kinds of bees out there, out of which about 4,000 comprises wild bees, with about 400 of them not yet assigned any known names? Well, that is correct and it is apparent only honeybees are enjoying full glory when it comes to the recognition of bees for their pollination services. This is all happening at the expense of all these other kinds of bees. Leafcutter bees are among North America’s top pollinators and there has been an increased use of these pollinators in commercial farms such as blueberry and alfalfa plantations. In this article we dive deep into the world of leafcutter bees and will explain how to raise leafcutter bees.

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