September 12, 2020
There are over 19,000 different kinds of bees and 30% of them live in a tunnel or cavity. You can help these tunnel-nesting pollinators out by providing a place for them to call home. I'm not sure where the name came from, but kids these days are calling it a bee hotel.
Making a bee hotel is a fancy way of saying you're collecting hollow tubes, putting them somewhere and leaving them alone all Spring and Summer. A bee hotel won't get you honey or beeswax, but some of the common tunnel-nesting bees like leaf cutters and mason bees are great pollinators of a lot of plants including veggies, fruits and herbs.
In this episode I explain how to make a bee hotel, how to care for it and clean it out, and what to plant to attract some common tunnel-nesting bees.
For those of you who love bees and want to have more in your neighborhood, but aren't able to keep honeybees, this is a great alternative. It's also a wonderful project to do with kids and help them learn more about bees.
Check out our blog post about it at: beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/making-a-bee-hotel-for-solitary-bees
Here you'll see a bunch of sample bee hotels, my personal bee hotel and links to learn more about bee hotels and tunnel-nesting bees.
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August 31, 2020
You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what?
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August 27, 2020
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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August 15, 2020
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.
July 31, 2020
As I record this episode today, we are under a hurricane watch and dealing with other Summertime issues like robbing, bearding, high temperatures and dearth.
I'll explain what all of these things are and what beekeepers and bee-lovers can do to help the bees when it's super hot out. Just for the fun of it, I'll also talk about honeydew honey (honey made from bug poop) and what to do if bees are visiting your pool.
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July 1, 2020
For most people, the last thing they want is a swarm of thousands of bees flying by their house, but if you're a beekeeper, it's the best day ever because it means free bees! This episode is about swarms, why bees swarm, and how to lure a swarm with a bait hive.
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May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. This episode is about who makes the decisions in the honeybee hive. There is a queen, after all, but by now you probably know that she isn't in charge. So, who decides when it's time to swarm? How do the bees know what their job is in the hive because there are a lot? And when do they decide to replace the queen? Who, then, is supposed to kill the queen?!
Honeybees do a great job of making decisions that benefit the entire hive and we could probably learn a thing or two from them and their decision making process.
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And a little bit about the cicada killer and why people are freaking out about them too!
Finally, a great book about bees that I'm currently ready and a video the author made you can view on YouTube of bees doing waggle dances on a swarm and how to tell what they're saying.
March 14, 2020
Royal Jelly! What an amazing substance, or so they say. It can help with fertility, it can lower cholesterol, it adds collagen to your face and is a supplement that boosts your immune and gives you energy!!
BUT, it's also harvested by killing baby queen bees. Is this substance ethical? You decide for yourself. In this episode I talk about what royal jelly is, how it's harvested, its uses, how expensive it is and what's in it.
I'll also give my take on whether I think it is ethical or not.
Lastly, I'll talk about whether it's what's IN royal jelly that makes a queen live so long and be fertile OR if it's something the worker bees are doing that causes infertility. Some scientists have recently changed their theory.
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January 22, 2020
I try to keep this podcast about topics that beekeepers & non-beekeepers can both enjoy, but this was a topic I thought deserved its own episode. Sorry non beekeepers.
Oxalic acid is a popular treatment for varroa mites, but was only approved to be used in the U.S. in 2015.
This episode talks about what oxalic acid is, the different methods it's used in the hive and my experience using it. Since my bees are in Hawaii where the weather is always warm and there is always brood present in the hive, my experience was very different than most.
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