Me, in the News!

A few weeks ago, I was featured on the local, and Philadelphia news (on the same day!). I actually got to tell the truth about honeybees, and didn’t regurgitate the same 3 talking points every other beekeeper says when a camera is recording them.

https://www.wfmz.com/residents-find-honeybee-swarms-across-berks-county/article_4f1936e0-af66-11eb-88a6-7b8f25ad3141.html

Below is the link to the Philadelphia Action News broadcast which was a little more standard.

https://6abc.com/berks-county-beekeeper-pennsylvania-bees-bee-removal-bruce-rodriguez/10651843/

What do you think? How did I do?

First feral honeybee Swarm of 2021

Earth day brought 48°F for the high temperature, and my first swarm call of the year that I could comfortably drive to. The swarm issued from a tree that has had a honeybee colony in it for a few years. Despite the cold, the bees were relatively well-behaved, and went right into the hive. I noticed several other trees that looked hollow on my way off the property. I expect to return in a few days for secondary swarms.

Honeybee Swarm Removal in other parts of the United States

Below, I will link your swarm removal website (as long as you are not too close to me). If you would include my link on your website, that would be great.

IOWA: https://ephemeralmidwest.com/services/honey-bee-removal/


IOWA CITY:

https://5l4hranchandbees.wordpress.com/


CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
Swarm removal:

Golden Creek Apiary https://gcapiaries.buzz/


Philadelphia, PA

https://lbbkphilly.com/


Lehigh County and Northampton County Pennsylvania Bee removal:

http://www.Dedkosbees.com


Bee removal in Oakland CA:

https://www.luckofthedrone.com/


State College PA Swarm Removal:

Matt Gouty 814-360-6784


Honeybees collecting lawn rust fungus

I’ve never seen this behavior described, much less filmed. I’ve seen reports of bees bringing in orange “pollen”, but I wonder how much of it is actually lawn rust fungus. There isn’t anything blooming that I know of with orange pollen in my region (Southeast Pennsylvania, USA) this time of year. What do they do with it? I don’t know. Honeybees will collect many different powdery substances (coffee grounds, bird feeder dust, sawdust, etc.) this time of year when no pollen is available.

Plant poppies for your bees!

For the past few seasons, I’ve been planting poppies for my bees, saving the seeds and planting again. I started with ordinary “bread” poppies from the grocery store baking aisle. They start a bit slow, but then take off quickly. Poppies provide enormous amounts of pollen early in the morning. I’ve seen as many as seven bees on a single flower with pollen sacs loaded almost instantly. I don’t believe poppy flowers provide much nectar, if any. It’s interesting to see the slight changes in the colors of the flowers as pollen from other poppy growers finds its way into my little gene pool. Below, I’m linking a short video of what I do here at home to grow poppies for my bees.