28 February 2019

Found a nice bunch of stats on this blog, https://adventuresinbeeland.com/2019/01/14/how-many-honey-bees-are-there-a-2019-update/ , using data from www.fao.org/faostat/

See visual below; the blog article is worth a read, too.

26 February 2019

That's gonna sting a bit...

More on the World's Biggest Bee, aka Megachile pluto (Wallace's giant bee). Does it sting?

Fool's Spring

This came in via WhatsApp. Local temp yesterday was around 18C, about 10C higher than the average.

22 February 2019

World's biggest bee found alive

By Helen Briggs, BBC News, Science and Environment  

21 February 2019

Robbing on an industrial scale

Passing through Moûtiers in France, I spotted this collection of around 50 hives, basking in February sunshine. Thousands of bees were flying, but I'm fairly sure there was no forage available - prompting robbing on an industrial scale. You can *just* see the bees in this photo.

06 February 2019

05 February 2019


The mild weather followed by cold snap has got me worried. Last week the bees were out flying. With precious little forage available, I presume they were eating through the stores. This week it is too cold to inspect. All the colonies have fondant on the top bars of the brood frames, but in my experience they are reluctant to take it down...

Here's a picture of Mr Creosote.

03 February 2019

Aldi vs Kellogg's

Let's face it, honey is popular

St Haralampi, patron saint of beekeeping

Religion, despite being a dangerous infection of the human mind, does occasionally come up with some crackingly good nonsense: St Haralampi, patron saint of beekeeping.