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November 22, 2016

This Halloween, I carved a bee-themed jack-o-lantern. The shape, and size, of my pumpkin was perfect for a skep carving (and a couple bees of course). Humans have a long history with keeping bees; a skep is an artificial hive that beekeepers have bee...

September 9, 2016

Last week, I tweeted that one of my newly installed observation hives had two queens. Unfortunately, I only have these not-so-great-quality-phone-through-Plexiglas photos. But, you can see that one queen has a fading, white paint mark on her back, an...

August 31, 2016

While I was in Exeter, UK for the International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE), I got a message from my two interns: the bees looked sick. In five of our eight observation hives, some of the worker bees had white dots stuck to their back. Even...

July 7, 2016

This year marks my first bee installation! Although I have been studying and keeping bees for about 3 years now, I had only worked with observation hives. I don’t actually install the bees in the observation hives—I bring empty observation hives to o...

June 7, 2016

Of course bees live in bee hives. When a managed Langstroth hive is abandoned by its bee inhabitants however, it becomes a nice home for a few other animals.

An abandoned bee hive is a wonderful home for mice. This is particularly true in the winterti...

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