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Excerpt from Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Life of The Bee

The Massacre of the Males But the patience of the bees is not equal to that of men. One morning the long-expected word of command goes through the hive; and the peaceful workers turn into judges and executioners. Whence this word issues, we know not; it would seem to emanate suddenly from the cold, deliberate indignation of the workers; and no sooner has it been uttered than every heart throbs with it, inspired with the genius of the unanimous republic. One part of the people renounce their foraging duties to devote themselves to the work of justice. The great idle drones, ...


02.13.2013 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Potted Bees at OCCUH

Pop quiz! Top Bar Hives were invented: a. By Grecian beekeepers, over three thousand years ago. b. By J.D. Tredwell and P. Paterson in 1965, as a way to make beekeeping more practical in Africa. c. By Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, after he discovered the advantages of the 3/8" bee space. Did you answer a? You were correct! The Greeks were the first people known to keep top bar hives, many of which were composed of narrow strips of wood suspended over woven baskets. If you like this kind of bee lore you should visit the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OCCUH) ...


11.25.2012 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Beekeeping for Dummies, 2nd Edition

    Beekeeping for Dummies, 2nd Edition Howland Blackiston and Kim Flottum, 2009 Audience: Beginners Information: 3 stars Readability: 4 stars           This could be considered the quick start guide to beekeeping. The pages include simple descriptions of the basics, with explicit, often illustrated, step-by-step instructions. The text is easy to read and concise, and it briefly introduces most of the topics relevant to a beekeeper. This book might merit a place on a beginning beekeeper's bookshelf, especially as a quick reference for syrup and patty recipes and seasonal checklists, but only if there are other books on the shelf to provide in-depth information. If you're thinking about buying this ...


11.24.2012 Posted in Beelog, Book Reviews by Karessa

Bad Beekeeping and Borrowed Eggs

When you're error prone, beekeeping and life are foremost a series of mistakes. The only redemption from perpetual folly is to learn from them. Unfortunately, I'm a slow learner. One of the big beekeeping mistakes I made a few years ago was placing a colony in the distant yard of a friend of a friend. The voice of reason told me it was a bad idea to place a hive so far away, but I rationalized away all realistic concerns about that distance. It's such a beautiful drive, I told myself. The landowners are a pleasure! The property is gorgeous! The ...


10.21.2012 Posted in Beelog by Karessa