Lesson 5 – The Honey Bee Caste System

Honey bees are in the  order Hymenoptera. This is the third largest group of insects comprising over 150,000 species. This group consists of ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies. One distinguishing characteristic about this group is they are Eusocial. Eusociality is defined by the division of labor in the superorganism divided by groups such as reproductive and non-reproductive … More Lesson 5 – The Honey Bee Caste System

Usurpation -What is it and why it is important to understand

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

Fall Re-Queening

We have had unusual weather this season. We were still in the mid 80’s well until the middle of November. About the last week of October, I noticed a hive that seemed to be dwindling. I checked it and found a Varroa issue. I am a firm believer in hygienic behavior. I think the most … More Fall Re-Queening