From one of the best television shows ever:


Beekeepers checking hive

Photo provided by James Morton and used under Creative Commons license.

Have you ever wondered why beekeepers wear white or light-coloured clothing? Is it to easily identify when a bee has landed on you? Is it to stay cool? Is easier to find stingers against white? Or perhaps, it’s simply a fashion trend?

The answer is actually quite simple. Bees have evolved to protect themselves from other animals that want their sweet honey. Most of these enemies are very dark in colour: bears, skunks, raccoons, etc. Bees, in turn, have grown to dislike big dark animals approaching their hive. By wearing white, a beekeeper can approach and open the hive without the bees becoming defensive.

Simply put: white clothing makes for a happier hive, which makes for fewer stings and a happier beekeeper!


On Christmas morning, my wife gave me a collection of presents ranging in size from very small to quite large. The first wrapped gift that I opened was the smallest. It was a bag of nails.

“Sweet!” I thought. “Nails!” Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s a link to a recipe for Honey Almond Biscotti. The recipe is originally by Marina Marchese who wrote the book Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper which was the book that originally sparked my interest in keeping bees.

From The Office, season 5, episode 23:

Dwight: I say we fill Michael’s office with bees. My apiarist owes me a favor.
Jim: Really? Does he do good work or–
Dwight: [scoffs] No, Jim. I use a bad apiarist. [sighs]