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Jean-Marc LeDorze, Golden Ears Apiaries, Abbotsford/Mission.

Bringing home bees for the first time

Amanda: How do you go about getting a hive of bees? Well, for us it involved making arrangements with a Fraser Valley beekeeper who had agreed to provide nucleus colonies to all of the students in a provincial beekeeping course we took this spring. On the appointed day of pickup in late May the alarm clock […]

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Bee waggle dance

That sexy dance of the honey bee

Originally published July 10, 2011. I bet you didn’t know honey bees are sexy. It starts with a sultry swinging of the hips from side to side, then moving to a figure eight as the worker bee wags her bee-hind back and forth. Not since watching an episode of “Dancing with the Stars” have I […]

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Is THAT a disease in my beehive?

Albert Einstein once said “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” No more men? There are times when women might wish for this when we’re picking up stinky socks, but I think […]

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Dandelions and honey bees: a reason not to weed.

Amanda: Not since I was five years old have dandelions meant so much to me. I can still see that bouquet of wilting heads on the windowsill in an empty Cheez Whiz jar. I later became ruthless in my dandelion destruction. I joined the host of other gardeners who have turned to whatever tool possible to […]

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