Category Archives: Bee-line

About bees and bee-keeping

Bee-line from Virginia

Question: When is a beehive hairy? Answer: When it grows a beard. A poor joke but it helps to kick-start a post about heating and air-conditioning. For most of the year, worker bees struggle to maintain the brood chamber in … Continue reading

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Honey Health

A neighbor asked for local honey to treat her allergy so I gave her some from our hives. She wanted a natural alternative to anti-histamines. South-east Virginia has a miserable reputation for hay fever sufferers, and pollen is suspect as … Continue reading

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Bee Swarm or Split

Beekeeping is like farming. All livestock—whether large animals with four feet or tiny ones with six—need food, water, shelter, and sometimes medication. Like an old farmer checking his herd in a meadow, I watch our ‘girls’ flying back and forth between … Continue reading

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Bee Intelligent

I remember a biology lesson when our schoolteacher laid out a row of pickled brains.  The lids of some jars were leaking formaldehyde vapor into the classroom, an irritating odor that I had to get used to after I started … Continue reading

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Winter bee-line

T.S. Eliot was wrong: February is the cruelest month, not April. When one of our sister bee hives in the Yorktown churchyard was opened recently the entire colony was found to have died. Several thousand bees were strewn across the … Continue reading

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