Bee-Friendly Beekeeping Links
Honeybees are flying insects that are distinguished by their capacity to produce and store honey.
While the production of honey is important for the economy, there are a variety of other ways that bees contribute to modern day society. By better understanding the role that bees play in the world, including the products that they create and the history of beekeeping, you can better appreciate this important little insect.
Read the Research Article by Katie Kress at The Importance of Bees
She is a San Diego native with a degree in fine art from the University of California Santa Cruz.
She began her beekeeping journey in 2008 and has been enamored of the subject ever since. Her favorite thing about honey bees is that they are almost all female……….Read More
Centred vs Conventional Beekeeping
In large parts of the world, honey bees are struggling to remain healthy and vigorous. The need constantly to administer chemical treatments and to import bees from afar to replenish losses indicates that we are in an unsustainable situation. In contrast to trying to fix the problem through ever more intervention, the NBKT starts with the premise that understanding, respecting and supporting the essential biological needs of the bee in a holistic manner………………….Read More
The word ‘natural’ indicates beekeeping that respects this natural behaviour and biology. Thanks to the work of researchers such as Tom Seeley and Jurgen Tautz we now understand far more about this than we did previously. In particular, we see that what might appear to be a bunch of insects that just happen to live in the same box is, in fact, an immensely complex organism………Read More
The Wonder of Swarms – Swarming is an essential part of the life cycle of the bee. ……...Read More
Though the American title, “Buzz About Bees” seems flippantly trendy, Jürgen Tautz’s book is loaded with data-backed analysis of bee behaviour and insight into the latest genetic research. It’ll make you think differently too about the aggregate behaviour of another social species, Homo sapiens.
1. Bees don’t form hexagonal comb.
2. Bees turn off color vision on the way back home.
3. Bees can sting each other without dying.
4. The honeybee waggle dance is NOT about visuals.
5. “Mass-orienting” flights are really practice mating flights.
Those gorgeous afternoon displays are not actually bumbling baby bees learning how to fly. Rather, they are apparently an ongoing drill of the workers that would accompany a virgin queen on her mating flight. Interestingly, these mass-orientations only occur in hives with a queen.