What do people do with their frames of honeycomb after they extract the honey out?
That's a big question that few people have a good answer for. You have insects and small animals that will want to eat it and make a home out of it if you don't keep it safe. Luckily, I have a few options for you. I explain what I do, what large apiaries do, and the extra options you guys in cold weather states can do.
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It's honey harvesting time. Yay! But you have a box with thousands of bees in it. How do take the honey and leave the bees behind?
I explain three options for you:
• the recommended option for hobbyists
• what many commercial apiaries do when working with thousands of hives
• some gadgets that claim to do the work for you
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Butterflies! You've seen these beautiful creatures flying around and maybe even tried to catch one as a kid, but how much do you really know about them? Unlike honey bees, they're not great pollinators and they don't produce delicious food for us to eat. None the less, images of butterflies are everywhere - on cards, notebooks, mugs. They add beauty to the world and are a source of food for many animals.
In this episode, I talk with Jessica McAtee, a butterfly expert, so we can learn all about these fascinating creatures and how we can turn our yard into a butterfly garden.
For more info about butterflies, photos and links to butterfly resources go to https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/all-about-butterflies
You can learn more about Jessica's work with butterflies at HappyButterfly.net
And that wacky book I mentioned about bugs and how they reproduce is Birds & Bees: A Sexual Study by Stermer.