Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are all part of what is termed a superorganism. Superorganisms are defined as a social unit of Eusocial animals, specialized labor is divided up, and the individuals can not exist outside of the group on their own for any extended period of time.
It is January here in Texas and today the temperature is 65(F). As I walked through the apiary, I noticed something unusual. There was a group of bees down on concrete block I use to hold up my hive stand, and there was a group of bees fighting on the landing board of the hive … More Usurpation -What is it and why it is important to understand
You decided on package bees, and your first package shows up. So now what? When you receive your package bees, the first thing to do is inspect them. A few dead bees on the bottom of the box is okay. If you have more than an inch of dead bees in the bottom, then you have … More Lesson 4: Installing package bees
In my experience, selecting bee stock is the most important decision when starting in Bees. If you choose the wrong type, you can wind up with an aggressive bee or a disease ridden colony. Here is a quick-start guide to help aid you in your search for the perfect strain for you. Apis Mellifera is … More Lesson 1: Selecting Honey Bee Stock