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The Suburban Beekeeper Podcast
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Video: Burt Talks to the Bees

I know many of you may have seen this already, but if you haven’t please watch – In this fantastical and wildly educational short film created by Isabella Rossellini, Burt (or someone impersonating him) of Burt’s Bees talks to the Bees for an extraordinary look inside the hive.

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Decent mini-briefing on CCD and neonicotinoids / pesticides

This is done in a bit of tongue in cheek ‘conspiracy theroy’ style, but it has good information on CCD and the role that neonicotinoids probably play in affecting the bees.

This is a good post for you to share with others that may be interested in learning about the causes of CCD and what […]

Homeowner pesticides worse for bees than commercial ones

From Wired magazine, this article describes how homeowner class of products are worse than those commercially available. The levels of neonicotinoids are much higher. There is good guidance on how to identify the ingredients to avoid.

New Evidence – Links neonicotinoids and bee death.

There is strong evidence that neonicotinoids – a class of pesticide first used in agriculture in the mid 1990s at exactly the time when mass bee disappearances started occurring – are involved in the deaths. The evidence against these chemicals is strong enough that they have been banned or suspended in France, Germany, Italy and […]

Quick hive supers update – a quick peek.

Hey all- a quick ‘peek’ over the weekend.

I checked on the super over the weekend- not much build-out going on up there yet. I have the queen excluder on there and we’ll see how that goes over the next few weeks. I had about a dozen or so bees in the super when I […]

Honey used as a… preservative.

Aside from its deliciousness, honey has been long used for its antiseptic properties as well as a preservative. It was also used by the Egyptians as part of their funerary rites. In the following passage, Abd-Allatif-al-Baghdadi – a medieval explorer of the tombs of Egypt- relates a discovery:

Once when he [Abd- Allatif-al-Baghdadi] and several […]

Idaho truck spill – 14 million bees loose

The semi-truck was hauling the bees from California to North Dakota when the driver veered off the shoulder, tipping more than 400 hive boxes and honey.

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First inspection 2011 – Added new hive body

Hey all! FOTB Greg and I did a quick inspection of the hive and add the second hive body. Things are looking pretty good! The movie is a bit shorter than usual as our storage space was a bit tight. 🙂


Things are looking pretty good in there – they have build out […]

Renewed commitment and a hive update

Hi all!

I have to thank all of you that wrote in, posted or left feedback. You all were great- with insights and solidarity.

I’ve recommitted myself to getting ‘back on the saddle’ and am back to stay. 🙂

Since I’ve written last, I installed a new package of bees after doing […]

A sad discovery and a question.

Hello folks.

I’m sorry that this post, and any activity really, has been a long time coming.

Out here in the Philly suburbs, we had a long and late winter. As I posted before, I saw activity after the next to the last storm of the winter.

I am very sorry to […]