An Elgon Beekeeper

Courses with speakers are a good activity for beekeeping associations. Some time ago I lectured in a small town in eastern Sweden. I meet many…

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Which bees are the best?

Bees can develop rapidly in spring, or slowly, or in between. Carnica bees (Carniolans) are usually known to develop rapidly in spring, while black bees…

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Spring check of bee colonies

 Picture 1. A good colony that has cleansed somewhat after winter. Yesterday and today I checked 140 colonies of mine. I couldn’t reach one apiary…

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Daughter of the feral queen

Karin is a new beekeeper. She got a split from me with a daughter of the swarm that came from the wall of one of…

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Food control again, soon increase

A month ago I did the first food control after winter. Spring was then still cold then in the beginning of March. A number of…

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Treatment free feral bees

Up till now anyway, this colony of bees (and their ancestors forming this colony’s ancestor colonies) that has lived in a wall since several colony…

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Meeting the sun

The second Sunday in March the temperature, wind and sun, together with filled intestines of the bees that had produced the heat for the winter…

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Bedding down

I live on 59 degrees north and 15 degrees east in Sweden. It can be quite cold in winter and bees can’t usually leave the…

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Prepared for winter

It’s been a very busy time for some time now. From about August 5 to August 25 all supers above queen excluder are harvested and…

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Swarm trap in April of May

Weather has turned to April when May arrived. Freezing nights and barely flying weather in days. But solar wax melter works, in the middle of…

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