Thursday, February 12, 2009

Honey Bees

This is one of the most important residents on Koppick Knob. A few years ago, we noticed fewer bees and thus fewer flowering plants. My father decided to become a beekeeper to see if we could increase our bee population. We all enjoy learning about how to care for bees and we definite love to hear about Dad's efforts. Often it is how to coax a swarm into one of his bee houses without getting stung. Last winter, we tried to save some of the bees who were out in the cold. That's when I learned that the male bees will not live as long as the queen bee. Recently, we treated the bees for a little mite that will actually kill the bees. We've all experience being stung more frequently, but the pain is worth it because we enjoy the honey during the winter months.

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