Posts Tagged with ‘bees’

Sunday Best – December 29, 2019

One of the great joys of beekeeping is the chance to witness cooperative behavior in many forms, like the festooning bee-line pictured above. But bees are also pretty extraordinary as individuals. A few weeks ago, a dear friend sent me a wonderful article about how honeybees move in water when their wings are too wet […]

Sunday Best – August 18, 2019

LESSONS IN POLLINATION In honor of National Honeybee Day (August 17), here are a few observations I’ve gathered from beekeeping. On Intentionality. Bees don’t need a lot of care – in fact, you can mess things up by bothering them too much, or by rushing around. Each encounter needs to have a simple plan, light enough […]

Sunday Best – October 29, 2017

What do you see? If you’re a bee, you mostly see black and white. So what’s the point of all those colorful flowers?  Recent research confirms that bees follow ultraviolet patterns on flowers.  The bright yellows and reds don’t matter so much, but the tiny brown markings near the center can glow like neon to […]

Sunday Best – March 27, 2016

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”    – Henry David Thoreau   The bees are back! I witnessed this beautiful sight recently in the Berkshires, when only the witch hazel was abloom.

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