Blog Profile / Linda's Bees


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Archived Since:May 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Mark Winston's Manifesto

I was lucky enough to hear Mark Winston in the spring of 2014. He is the author of the Biology of the Honey Bee that I and many others studied for Master Beekeeper. He writes essays on his blog and his essay today just blew my mind.Please go and read every single word of it.I hope to have the opportunity to hear him in person again soon. He has some good YouTube videos:

Now THIS is a Beard

This hive started from a package that I got from Jarrett Apiaries at the beginning of bee season.I got home in the 90 degree June (??? - feels like August) Atlanta evening and found this hive looking like: And when I went around to the...Show More Summary

Deep Dilemma

My hive in Rabun county died. Robin Line with whom I play Words with Friends wrote me a note on our ongoing game to tell me that there had been a pesticide kill and all the bees were dead. He told me he had removed a large pile of bees from in front of the hive and that there had been no activity. Show More Summary

Video of a Queen Moving Around the Hive

This talented photographer/beekeeper, Anand Varma, has made this video of the queen moving around the hive. He attached a fluorescent marker to the queen's back and shot this in black light in the hive. On my computer, at first it looked like the video wasn't actually posted, so be patient if it takes a moment or two to load. Show More Summary

WABE and Me - a Conversation about Allergies and Honey

Our local public radio station, WABE 90.1 FM, sent reporter, Michelle Wirth, over to my house to interview me and to look at and listen to my backyard hives. She spent a good part of last Thursday afternoon over with my hives and me.As the day went on, she got more and more comfortable with my bees. Show More Summary

TED Talks on Bees

Here are all I could find:Anand Varma Marla Spivak: Noah Wilson-Rich Dennis VanEnglesdorp John Miller Dino Martins Bees and Hexagons

Queen Problems in the hive

I checked on my doubly caught swarm today. They apparently had a poorly mated queen who was laying spotty brood and lots of drones. So a month ago I gave them the resources to make a new queen.Today I checked to see if they had made a queen and gotten rid of the bad one.No is the answer to that question. Show More Summary

Tom Webster, Heat and Nosema

I heard Tom Webster speak on Wednesday night at the local bee club meeting. Dr. Webster is at Kentucky State University and focuses his research on nosema. He had slides to show how nosema lives as a parasite in the bee's gut. The spore of nosema sends out a tube which finds purchase in the wall of the bee gut lining and embeds itself. Show More Summary

The Slatted Rack and the Empty Bottom Box in Early Spring

Every spring in most of my colonies, the bees have moved up in the hive and when I open the hive for the first time, there is nothing going on in the bottom box. I keep a slatted rack on all of my colonies and this serves at least two purposes. Show More Summary

Genetic Consciousness at Work

Today I checked the hives at Stonehurst Place (doing fabulously well) and my backyard hives. The Stonehurst hives each needed a new box - we've had great weather throughout May after the wettest April in years and years.The bees areShow More Summary

Protecting the Community Garden Beehives

For several years now I have had hives at the Morningside Community Garden, within walking distance from my house. On three occasions, I have visited the hives to find something awry. Once the entire top was off of the hive - inner cover...Show More Summary

Swarm Hive Intervention

In Atlanta this year we have had a record-setting 53 days of rain. It rained on April 8 and 9. Then Atlanta tied a 1980 record with rain for eight straight days from April 12 - 19. Now in the beekeeper's mind, this has lots of consequences. Show More Summary

Three Good Uses for the Queen Excluder

In a tree there is no queen excluder. Bees in the wild build where they want to and the queen is free to wander in the comb and lay where it suits her. However, humans are always wanting to bend nature to meet their convenience. The queen excluder is no exception.It was developed for the convenience of the beekeeper. Show More Summary

It's Earth Day for Bees and People

My friend Curt Barrett and I were featured in an article that appeared online on Mother Nature Network. Here it is. Tom Oder interviewed each of us and then communicated what he learned about bee swarms.The article mentions our swarm adventures which have been featured on this blog. (Curt and I did the Bee-wo-Jima capture)

Speaking to Coweta Beekeepers

On Monday night in terrible Atlanta weather, I spoke to the Coweta Beekeepers near Newnan, Georgia. They have a great facility for meeting - it's professionally set up and nearly perfect. They meet at the agricultural center for their county. Show More Summary

There's no Such Thing as a Free Lunch!

All beekeepers get excited when they are called for a swarm! I'm in that boat - I get so excited that I keep all my gear in my car during swarm season so I'm ready to go if called.Last night as my work day was ending, my friend, Curt,...Show More Summary

New Meet-up Group in Atlanta for Talking About Keeping Bees Naturally

Julia and I are starting a meetup group in Atlanta called:Atlanta Beekeeping the Natural Wayto provide a place where people can discuss all kinds of ways of beekeeping. We often say that beekeeping is an art as well as a science. Since...Show More Summary

It's a Beautiful Day in my Neighborhood....

It's swarm season and all of us beekeepers cross our fingers that we will get a swarm call - it's an adventure: driving to an unknown address, evaluating the bee situation and rescuing the swarm. Then you drive back home, bees in the...Show More Summary

I BEE Speaking....

It's not unusual for me to give about one bee talk somewhere or another every month. In January, I spoke to the NE GA Mountain Beekeepers and gave another talk to a ladies' lunch group in Marietta. In February, I gave a talk on Wax: Fun and Facts at the GBA Spring Meeting and I spoke to the Ogeechee Beekeepers in Statesboro, Ga. Show More Summary

Ground Control to Major Tom......

I went over to Tom's on Monday morning to see how the hive was doing. I knew it had made it through the winter because Tom and his family reported seeing flying bees (and I had stopped by earlier), but I had not yet been inside the hive.Monday was the day. Show More Summary

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