Category / honeybees

July 13, 2015
  This week is the peak of lavender season here at Tilly’s Nest. Lavender and bees go hand in hand.   Purple is a favorite color of bees and the lavender is simply divine to these girls. They flit quickly from flower to flower sipping nectar. The lavender is a nectar source.   Did you …

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June 16, 2015
  Today I learned how to catch a honeybee swarm. I keep two beehives across town at my Mom’s house. Her father was a beekeeper so when I asked about keeping a couple of hives at her place, she and my step-dad were quite supportive of the idea. It reminded her of growing up as …

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December 1, 2014
Happy December first. Today is an unusually beautiful sunny day in the sixties here on Cape Cod. Last week we had some cooler temperatures in the lower forties and high thirties but today is a very good bee day. The honeybees were so happy to have the sun warm their hives. In fact, the activity …

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July 11, 2014
Yellow jackets had taken up residence in one of our bird’s nests. Of course, they are not my type of “bees”. Although they are pollinators just the same, having them in our backyard was not a feasible option. Sadly, they built their nest too close to our living space and they had to go. On …

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August 16, 2013
Honeybees are in trouble. Each year they continue to die off at an alarming rate. One in three bites of food you consume is due to a honeybee. Only recently have scientist started studying bees, when they soon realized that they are headed toward possible extinction. There are many potential reasons why the bees are …

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February 3, 2013
Like all living things, even honeybees use the “bathroom”.  However, during the wintertime, they are confined to their cluster without the ability to leave.  In the cluster, their main goal is to keep the queen and any existing brood very warm.  This cluster only breaks on warmer winter days.  During the break, the bees move …

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November 4, 2012
Yesterday, As I was tidying up around the apiary removing leaves, I discovered these two poor little drone that had been removed from the hive.  Drones are male bees that serve to mate with queens other than their own.  As the cold sets in, they are seen by this female dominated society as literally “extra …

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