Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees? - BBC Travel Will Mawhood writes about bees in ancient Lithuanian culture and the enduring effect our favourite creatures have today. Photo: Rambynas/Getty Images "Lithuanians don’t speak about bees grouping together in a colony like English-speakers do. Instead, the word for a human family (šeimas) is used. In the Lithuanian… Continue reading Bees in Lithuania
The Last Beekeepers of Ethiopia's Harrena Forest - BBC Travel In Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, beehives sit high atop the tree canopies – and reaching them can be a dangerous business. Photo: Nigel Sawyer/Alamay Using a rope, beekeeper Said scales the trees to harvest honey from hives 20m above the ground. He was barefoot and equipped… Continue reading Beekeeping Ethiopian Style
The following article was sent to me by beekeeper Alice. It is quite long but very interesting in that it shows that as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, plants can grow bigger and faster by producing more carbohydrate (sugars and starch). But at the same time the nutrient content of proteins, vitamins, and… Continue reading Another Effect of Climate Change?
For those of you that attended our last meeting at Selkirk College Library on November 5, you may remember that we decided to put off the candle making event until next year because I thought that we weren't ready and organized this year. Well.......that same weekend Paul Taylor was in Vancouver and went shopping at… Continue reading Candle Making Back On
This coming Sunday, 5 November, will be the meeting of the WK Beeks semiannual general meeting. It will be held in the Library at Selkirk College, Castlegar campus. As usual we will gather for lunch and informal conversation in the College Cafeteria at noonish and then move to the Library at 1 PM for our… Continue reading West Kootenay Beekeepers Semi-AGM
For those of you who attended our "Gadgets and Gizmos" session at the last WK Beekeepers meeting, and want more information on the Varroa mite sampling gizmo that beekeeper Kenneth demonstrated, here is the instructional link; https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/cfans_asset_317462.pdf
Just found this short video on another site and thought it worth posting here. It beautifully shows; 1. how docile and non-aggressive a swarm is, 2. how bees tend to walk uphill when they are swarming and how this can be used to hive them, and 3. the queen walking along with the rest of… Continue reading An Easy Swarm Catch
You may have seen the latest horror show headlines that the media is jumping on. Just got the following e-mail from Paul van Westendorp, our provincial apiarist to put things into perspective: "The confirmation of the phorid fly in a beehive on Vancouver Island is nothing more than an academic curiosity. It doesn’t pose a… Continue reading Zombie (zombee??) Bees.