Sometime ago, we posted an article about what bees do in the winter. It occurred to us, that our readers might be wondering what the keepers of bees do in the winter as well.
People typically respond in one of two ways to seeing thousands of bees clustered on a tree in their yard 1) recoil with horror at the beepocalypse that is apparently taking place in their front lawn. 2) lean in with curiosity and fascination at the sight. We’d like more people to respond in the latter fashion, so let’s take a look at what is actually going on here.
There is no “easy” way to raise good queens, however the “cell punch” method is an effective way to raise queens on a small scale without having to deal with the complications of grafting larva.