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Here’s an amazing BBC documentary for your weekend viewing pleasure. Jimmy Doherty is a pig farmer from Suffolk, UK. While he keeps his own bees at home, nothing quite prepares him for hunting honey from the world’s largest honeybees on the steep cliffs of Nepal.

I previously posted some images from the Honey Hunters of Nepal and it’s incredible to see the actual honey harvesting in video form. Enjoy.

I have uploaded a new video to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to my cousin-in-law, Ivan, for accompanying me out to the bee yard last week. Although we didn’t see the queen, we got some nice close-up shots of my hive and bees.

This video shows a problem that I encountered during the inspection: One of my unwired wax foundation frames had collapsed. I’m not sure whether it was due to the fact that I forgot to push the frames tightly together when I added the new box, or because of the warm weather we’ve had around here lately.

I had to trim out the comb that was causing problems. Was this the best way to handle the problem? I’m not sure. What do you think? I’d love to know how other people would deal with this.

Last week’s inspection went very well. My ladies were busy at work and had almost completely filled the first hive body with drawn comb, brood and honey. We added a second box to the hive to give the bees more room, essentially doubling their current living space.

During the inspection, Geoff easily spotted my queen. I captured a very short video of her with my iPhone. Without further ado, I introduce to you, her majesty, my queen:



I stumbled upon this video yesterday and it’s so awesome that I decided it was blog-worthy. This is a high-speed view inside a top bar hive. Three months compressed into 2 minutes, this video runs from May 26, 2010 until August 23 of that same year. Amazing, isn’t it?


Queen of the Sun DVD cover

My wife and I recently watched a documentary film called Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?¬†This film is so inspiring and informative and I believe everyone should sit down and watch it… tonight. Here is my personal review of Queen of the Sun.

I will start my review by saying: “Watch this film.” Even if you don’t read this entire article, jot down the name of the movie and go watch it. Even if you’re not a beekeeper, go watch this film. Even if you have never heard about Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa mites or other ailments affecting bees across the globe, go watch this film. You will not regret it.

Queen of the Sun is an extremely powerful documentary that highlights the importance of bees for pollination throughout the world as well as the potential factors that are leading to the disappearance of these same bees.

This film doesn’t focus too much on any single factor that may be contributing to colony collapse disorder but rather presents the viewer with an array of ways that humans have interfered with these wonderful creatures that we rely on for producing 1/3 of all the food that we eat.

Throughout the film, there are also some great interviews with beekeepers from around the world. It’s amazing to see beekeepers from England, Australia, France, Italy and the United States all providing their insight into a global epidemic. It’s also very interesting to see the different types of beehives that each one uses. (Check out the special features on the DVD for more information on each hive type).

At the very end of the film, there are some great tips that I wanted to share here. Here are six ways that you can do your part to help the honeybees in your area:

  1. Grow flowers, plants and herbs to help provide food for bees.
  2. Eliminate pesticides in your garden and lawn.
  3. Bees are thirsty. Provide a continuous shallow basin with clean water in your garden.
  4. Buy directly from a local beekeeper who avoids chemicals and produces raw honey.
  5. Eat organic and pesticide free food.
  6. Become a beekeeper with sustainable practices.

This documentary did not necessarily change my overall views on beekeeping, but it served to open my eyes a bit wider on the subject. I suddenly found that I have become a bit more passionate about bees when talking to others, and I tend to bring up this film frequently when involved in beekeeping conversations. This is a film that I believe everyone should watch.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?

Here’s the trailer for Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?