Honeybees are experts at collecting plant resins and turning them into propolis. But what is it that makes propolis so special? Why is propolis so important for honeybees, and what do they do with it?More
Far more common than aggression, are bees that are defensive, agitated, disturbed, hungry, frightened, alarmed, stressed or restless. In dealing with a colony that appears aggressive, we must first figure out why they are acting or reacting the way they are. Only then can we deal with them appropriately.More
Honeybees collect water, but what do they do with it? Drink it? This blog dives into the hive to explore the many uses for water in bee colonies.More
The ultimate guide for how to set up bait hives to lure swarms. From size & location to scout bees & attractants. Guest blog by Keith Pierce.More
Hive records are essential to beekeeping & a very useful tool. Good record keeping will help you understand what happens in a colony and why.More
Interested in starting beekeeping?
Keeping a hive of honeybees at the end of the garden might sound like a lovely, relaxing, wholesome experience. Perhaps you’re dreaming about bees buzzing around the garden collecting nectar all summer long, and then getting a few pots of sweet honey at the end of the year. Sounds wonderful, right?
Well, beekeeping isn’t really like that.More
A complete and up-to-date directory of Irish beekeeping suppliers and manufacturers. Let’s shop in Ireland and support our small local businesses.More
When a bee stings, it pierces the skin with its barbed stinger and releases a venom called Apitoxin. The venom contains proteins that affect the immune system as well as the skin cells.More