Swarm Traps that catch bee swarms under them


A fellow beek from Poland read my swarm trapping book and built a trap. It caught bees, but under it.  I’ve seen this happen before.  I’m interested in seeing if we, as a beekeepers, can figure out the common denominator of why.

polish trapHas anyone else built a trap that caught bees under it?  How large was your entrance hole?  How large was the swarm?  How big was the trap?

I’m looking to see if there is a trend. In his photo, and from his video I see a undersized hole and a huge swarm.

If anyone else has caught a underslung swarm, please comment below with the:

  • How large was your entrance hole? (i.e. 1″ diameter)
  • How large was the swarm? (ie. small/medium/big/huge/it-carried-off-the-trap)
  • How big was the trap? (about 6 frame / 8-frame / 10-frame (langstroth)

thanks!  Doing my part to save the world, as we all should.

Honey plant blooming during sarm Texas winter


I was out in a field north of Houston and saw Indian Blanket blooming on Dec 8.  Also known as Firewheel, this is the main honeyflow plant during APRIL in Texas.  So I took a picture to show you how bitter cold our winters can be. :0)

A bee smoker for the third world


I’ve been working for a while on a design for a smoker that is appropriate for third world beekeeping.  The focus was on steel food cans that are ubiquitous in all countries.  The can comprises the fire chamber.

 Design done

I intend to make a complete video on the construction and manufacturing of this.  In my own way, I want to improve the planet. I think a simply designed smoker will help many low income beekeepers throughout the world.

Design Plans Coming

I can outline how I made this third world bee smoker on another page.

Scorpion and a Commentary


A new video is put out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhCuyJ5qQKY&list=UUndWYkPK3h04-69TmN_ZcNw&index=1&feature=plcp

Covering an inspection with some creepy crawlies and a voice over commentary.

New Video added on Tips and Tricks


A few interesting tricks learned at the outyard are explained in our new video on tips and tricks.


Beekeeping photography


The coolest beekeeping photos around! Worth a click. or two. or three. or…hell, I lost an hour here.


Beekeeping Fan Store Added


So I’ve been wanting to put out some T-shirts that help promote beekeepers in our society. You know – cool shirts beeks would love to where. The problem is, I’m just an engineer and my aesthetic aptitude scores show I’m in the bottom 2% of the nation. I mean hey, you’ve seen the shirts I wear in the videos. Nuff said.

So I want to try to tap into my audience. I’m looking for any artist out there who’s got really cool ideas for a Beekeeping shirt.  I think I’m going to make a contest. Get artists to put forward their shirt designs and let my YouTube audience decide the top designs. Then I’ll submit the designs to my Printfection store for folks to get their cool Beek shirts.  ( I chose Printfection over Cafe Press solely on quality reviews)

Any comments on this plan?

oh and the current Printfection account for the shirts is here – http://www.printfection.com/learningbeekeeping

Trip to OutYard Video added


Did an inspection, some honey harvesting, and a bit of repair.

NY Swarms in the news


“One swarm covered the side-view mirror of a Volvo station wagon in a lot by the Hudson River, trapping a family of three inside. Another humming cluster the size of a watermelon bent a tree branch in front of a Chase Bank on the Lower East Side, attracting a crowd of gasping onlookers. And for several hours, thousands of bees carpeted a two-foot-tall red standpipe on the patio of a South Street Seaport restaurant, sending would-be outdoor diners elsewhere. “

Free Webinar by Dr Seeley on bee swarming today!


ForestConnect Webinar Series
How Honeybees Choose a Forest Home
Thomas Seeley, Cornell University
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
May 16, 2012  (my mt – Hey! I don’t know the exact time, I think you have to register first!)
Early Alert – register here (
http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/forestconnect/web.htm )if you haven’t
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How Honeybees Choose a Forest Home. In the late spring and early
summer, when a honeybee colony becomes overcrowded in its hive, it will
cast a swarm. When this happens, about a third of the worker bees stay
at home and rear a new queen, thereby perpetuating the mother colony,
while the other two-thirds of the workforce – a crowd of some ten
thousand – rushes off with the old queen to set up a daughter colony.
The migrating bees travel only about 100 feet before coalescing into a
beardlike cluster hanging from a tree branch. Here they will remain
bivouacked for a few days. During this time, several hundred of its
oldest bees will spring into action as nest-site scouts, explore about
30 square miles of the surrounding landscape for potential nesting
cavities in trees and buildings, locate a dozen or more possibilities,
and democratically select a favorite for their new dwelling place. We
will see how can a bunch of tiny-brained bees, hanging from a tree
branch, can make such a complex decision and can make it well. Presented
by Dr. Tom Seeley, Cornell University Department of Neurobiology and

This webinar has been approved for 1.0 credits of Society of American
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