All About Bees for Kids

In January, we hosted a unit study about honeybees at our home. It was really fun! There were about 50 people here, swarming around the stations. I’ve been working on a honeybee curriculum called “All About Bees for Kids” and thought this blog is a good venue to share it! At the bottom of the […]

Bad Bee Press

I just read this article on KSL about the bee attack. It is hard for me to read bad press about bees and feel like some information is missing from this article. This may be misleading and cause others to have bad opinions about honeybees. This is especially important considering the beekeeping legislation on the […]

Sales Tax and Bees

Yesterday we talked to the Utah Tax Commission and asked about sales tax for honeybees and equipment. It turns out that we need to be charging in-state sales tax for our products, especially now that we are selling beekeeping equipment. However, they told us about an exemption for those purchasing beekeeping equipment for production agriculture. Like, […]

Propolis on the Hive Entrance

  We don’t typically use entrance reducers on our hives in winter. Here’s what bees from one hive did to the entrance. This colony was wintering in a 5-frame nuc box. Bees sealed the entrances with propolis, leaving only a small entrance hole, the size they wanted. We like to encourage bees to use lots of propolis, […]

Wing Veination of Bees, Wasps, and Fly

Lately, we’ve been looking at wing veination, or the shape of the veins on the wings, of bees, wasps, and flies. It’s been neat to see the differences and we thought we’d share. Some scientists (not us) can tell the race of a honeybee by its wing veination. This tricky fly looks like a bee […]

Honeybee Pests: Opportunistic Ants

Ants usually aren’t a problem for honeybees, unless the hive is situated right on top of an ant pile. Ants are a very minor bee pest. They are opportunistic and will consume honey left behind in an empty colony. The ants pictured moved into a hive after the bees died. They were picking up a residue […]

How to make beeswax lip balm

I love beeswax lip balm! For me, the following recipe is the perfect texture, and I love how it lingers and moisturizes long after applying. It’s soft, but not too soft. It’s not too oily, either. It’s just right. I use it on my cracked, winter hands and Stan used it today to lubricate a jig […]

DIY Powdered Sugar Roll Jar

Testing your bees for varroa mites is important to do both spring and fall. One way to do this is using the powdered sugar roll test. We like this method because it is fairly accurate, and does not kill the bees. To see how to do the test, see this post. Part of the sugar roll test […]

Deformed Wing Virus

We love when we get very timely email questions about bees! Here is one that I started to answer via email, but then realized that many of you will benefit from the answer and created this blog post. Thanks, Diane, for the question and the photo! Diane’s Question We have this strange thing going on with […]

Varroa Mites 3: Treatment Options

Use the percentage of mites from the sugar roll test to decide on treatment methods as part of integrated pest management. Here are a few of many treatment options to decrease the varroa mite load. Some of them work better than others. 1. Delay treatment Sometimes this is the best method, especially if mite loads are […]