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Geek Beekeeping: Part 6 – Managing Networks

Geek Beekeeping: Part 6 - Managing NetworksGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

Commercial beekeepers perform a vital role in our food supply chain. Each year they manage and move a network involving millions of honeybee colonies between farms and fields to pollinate crops to increase yields. In 2008, the worldwide value of pollination services was over US$200 billion. Honeybees are one our most effective pollinators and beekeepers […]

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Bees in Music – Side B: “Bee” Bands

Bees in Music - Side B: "Bee" BandsArticles

The music groups that have taken on a bee-themed name cover the musical spectrum from playing “olde tyme” Polka music to the Glam metal of the Sleeze Beez. As a musician whose played in more than a few bands, let me just say that coming up with a good name that all the band members […]

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Geek Beekeeping 8.2 – System Debugging

Geek Beekeeping 8.2 - System DebuggingGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

Honeybee colonies are constantly under attack. Whether it’s the varroa mite, small hive beetle, wax moth, or tracheal mites. So what do you do? Well, you do the best you can to help them survive by using a combination of the least damaging and most effective treatments to knock down pest populations to economically sustainable […]

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Bees in Music – Side A: “Bee” Songs

Bees in Music - Side A: "Bee" SongsArticles

It all started with Beethoven. I could only jot down handful of ideas when I began my Beethoven-inspired mission of researching bees in music for this article. So I dug around a bit and came across a cluster of music distributors, songs and musical groups that have embraced bees in their name or as a […]

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Beekeeper’s Forecast: Swarm and Honey?

Beekeeper's Forecast: Swarm and Honey?Articles

Without a doubt, warm and sunny weather is ideal for maximizing bee populations and honey flows – but it’s also ideal for swarms! While most beekeeper’s hope for what I call “Swarm & Honey” weather during the peak honey flow, preventing swarms is the best way to maximize your honey production.

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The Bee Beard Experience

The Bee Beard ExperienceArticles

Wearing a beard of bees or “bee bearding” is a beekeeping amusement that goes back at least a couple hundred of years. Even non-beekeepers test their nerves and give it a try – just for the buzz.

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Geek Beekeeping 2.1 – Swapping Out Cards

 Geek Beekeeping 2.1 - Swapping Out CardsGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

Managing a complex system, comprised of thousands of integrated components designed to operate as a functional unit, is a challenge. Both beekeepers & geeks know that the viability of the entire system relies on a critical component – the “motherboard“.

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Geek Beekeeping: Part 1.1 – Hardware Components

Geek Beekeeping: Part 1.1 - Hardware ComponentsGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

If you’re a computer geek, you know what every piece of hardware is for, where it goes, and when it needs to be replaced. If you’re a beekeeper, you know what every piece of hardware is for, where it goes, and when it needs to be replaced. Coincidence? I think not.

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Bear in the Beeyard!

Bear in the Beeyard!Articles

Bears love honeybees… but not in a good way. Anyone who’s seen the aftermath of a beeyard bear attack knows all too well the destructive force of these big brutes. But can you blame them? After all, a beehive makes the perfect meal for a hungry bear.

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The Pollinator

The PollinatorArticles

Yeah, I know. The bees are technically the “pollinators” but… In the past few years, the plight of the honeybee has captured headlines around the world. Maybe that’s why you’re reading this right now instead of alphabetizing that lint collection.

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Beekeepers do it with their Honey

Beekeepers do it with their HoneyBeekeeping Cartoons

Honey is the golden payoff for months of hard work – by both the honeybees and the beekeeper. Once the bees have capped off the combs, it’s time for the beekeeper to get to the task of extracting the honey from the frames, straining it to remove bits of wax and bottling it to sell […]

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The Unbearable Likeness of Beekeeping

The Unbearable Likeness of BeekeepingArticles

There’s tons of beekeeping information on the intertubes these days, but there’s no better way for new beekeepers to learn about bees than to attend field days. What’s a field day?

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