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The Apiary: Bees & Beekeeping

Updated on August 15, 2014

To bee or not to bee... that is the question.

An "apiary" is a place where bees and hives are kept, especially when it is for the production of honey.

I don't keep bees presently, but it is an ambition of mine.  I'd like to make sure that how I keep bees is healthy for the bees as well as the humans and animals who live around them. I started this lens so I would have a place to put all the info I'm learning about bees and beekeeping.  You are very welcome to read it over and learn along with me!

All About Bees - These sites talk about various species of bees and their differences

I've tried to make this module list sites that really discuss bees from a more insectoid and scientific angle. One of the things many people don't realize is that there are various species of bees in the world and some are more suitable for honey cultivation or keeping for crop pollenation than others.

Guides and Books on Beekeeping

There's a rather thorough amount of books on bees and beekeeping. I'm going to have to research my area (the Pacific Northwest) and find out what sorts of specifics there would be for keeping bees here.

Beekeeping and Honey

This is the module that delves into beekeeping, hive management and honey production.

Colony Collapse Disorder - a catastrophic development in beekeeping

This is a new term being applied to s syndrome that is just being noticed by beekeepers and agriculture specialists. The ramifications of this, in a worst case scenario, could be the loss of millions of food and plant crops worldwide. Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying that if all the bees on the planet were gone, humans would only be able to survive for about four years.

Bee Quotations - To bee or not too bee.... buzz is the question

  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
    -- Muhammad Ali
  • The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.
    -- Emily Dickinson
  • It takes a bee to get the honey out.
    -- Arthur Guiterman
  • When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee's house some day.
    -- Congo Proverb
  • The honey-bee's great ambition is to be rich, to lay up great stores, to possess the sweet of every flower that blooms. She is more than provident. Enough will not satisfy her, she must have all she can get by hook or crook.
    -- John Burroughs

About Honey - How sweet it is...

Here is informationn on honey, and what makes the different types distinct from each other.

Bee Videos

From the natural backyard activity of bees, to hornets attacking and even John Belushi as the King Bee, here are some bee videos that you might enjoy.

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    • GreenfireWiseWo profile image


      8 years ago

      Great info. This is something I want to learn to do.

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      10 years ago

      Very cool.

    • Squidaddle profile image


      10 years ago

      I've been beekeeping for three years and this page is a great resource! Thanks.

      Advice for newbies: find your local beekeeping club and someone will be happy to show you the ropes. Or just give you a tour of a hive, so you can see if it really is for you.

      Personally, I find it a really absorbing pastime.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      UMT, just so you know, an aViary expert is someone who deals with birds, not bees...

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      11 years ago

      I wonder what is like being an aviary expert, the thought of bee sting makes me cringe sometimes, not my fault. Great lens.

    • KSamuel-Stevens profile image


      12 years ago

      Good information. Lots of helpful links.

    • SPF profile image


      12 years ago

      I put out a Mason Bee Lodge a couple of months ago by my garden. I do not have any residents yet, but see bees around my fruit trees and garden all of the time.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      12 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Barkely, since I don't have a hive yet myself, I'm trying now to plant flowers and other things that are favorites of bees to encourage them to come to the garden as it is now.

    • Barkely profile image


      12 years ago

      Full of great information. I would love to try a hive, but my husband says nooo! I think they would be a great addition for my gardens.

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      12 years ago

      Hey! Another great lens. You should check out my Flickr account on my lens "funfotos" because I have some bee pictures on there that I recently took in my front yard! I think you'll like them!

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      12 years ago

      Very informative lens


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