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When it comes to small swarms, does size matter? In my last post, I wrote about those big beautiful swarms that get us beekeepers running out the door to catch them. In this post I’ll share what you need to know about catching a small swarm of bees.  Undersized Swarms When my phone lights up…
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New swarm in a frenzy getting into the catch box

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Special Saturday – Catch the Buzz

Beekeeping Today Podcast (S4, E15) The podcast for the latest beekeeping news, information and entertainment for today’s beekeeper. Hosts Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum bring you interviews and commentary helping you become a more informed and knowledgeable beekeeper.  Visit their website for more episodes: beekeepingtodaypodcast.com


Swarm size varies dramatically. Some massive clusters are the equivalent of several watermelons while others are barely grapefruit-sized. These size differences may seem arbitrary, but when a swarm is exceptionally large or small they may need special care. Read on for part one of this topic to find out what you need to know about…
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CATCH THE BUZZ- References to Bees and Honey in the three Monotheistic Religions

References to bees and honey in the three monotheistic religions By: Lillian Lake Bees and honeycomb. Shelby Cohron via Unsplash “Like a honey bee gathering honey from all types of flowers, the wise men search everywhere for truth and sees only good in all religions” (Hindu scripture Srimad Mahabhagavatam). The Hindus refer to honey as the…
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Commercial Pollen Subs Research

University of North Carolina Greensboro News Dr. Nicholas Oberlies Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received new funding from Project Apis m. for the project “Understanding the effects of commercial pollen substitutes and microalgae-based prebiotic diet additives on the honey bee gut microbiome and metabolome.” Beekeepers have become reliant on pollen substitute (PS) diets as…
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Royal Jelly is not the Whole Story

Royal jelly does not a queen make! What makes a queen? For bees, it’s long been believed that queenliness depends on a special diet of royal jelly—a milky white secretion of protein, water and fat that oozes from the heads of nurse bees. But a new paper shows the secret sauce to create a queen…
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CATCH THE BUZZ- It’s not the Glyphosate, it is the Inert Ingredients

Research surprise unveils how common herbicide kills bees Marc Heller, E&E News Reporter A buff-tailed bumblebee forages on a head of red clover flowers. Eduardo E. Zattara Many studies already claimed the nation’s most-used weedkiller was lethal to bees, but new research indicates its much-maligned active ingredient — glyphosate — isn’t to blame. Instead, the culprit…
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Donate to Train People in Ghana

One Donation, Twice the Impact for Bees, Trees and People Bees for Development, the Monmouth-based charity that makes life better with bees around the world, is running a week-long appeal starting this Earth Day, Thursday 22 April. With the funds raised, they will train at least 200 people living near Digya National Park in Ghana to keep bees sustainably…
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