Colony Dispatch

Dispatch articles, a benefit of Colony Membership, are a beyond-the-basics look at important beekeeping topics.

From the experiences of seasoned beekeepers, Dispatch builds your knowledge over time, to help you to help your bees.

Wasp attack

The Diversity of Pests

All beekeepers have a need to deal with pests at some point. Generally, mites come to mind when beekeepers think of pests. But while mites are at the top of the list, there are a host of other pests with which we beekeepers must contend. In general, pests can be defined, simplistically, as “something that

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Bees on frames

Learning from the sadness of the deadout inspection

We are at a time of year when we find colonies that didn’t make it through the winter and we wonder what happened to bring about their demise. Though it is most certainly a sad discovery for the beekeeper, inspecting a so-called deadout can be a very educational process.

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Queen bee

The wonder of pheromones

One of the most profound examples of collaborative groups in nature is the honey bee. Colonies function as a highly intricate and intelligent group, but like all groups, they must communicate in order to really function as a group.

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