The action of bees leaving the hive suddenly with few or no remainders. This should not be confused with swarming; it is often due to problems such as poor ventilation, high temperatures, mite problems, pests or other intolerable problems.
Pollen that was collected by bees and then mixed with various solutions including honey which is stored within a cell of the comb. This is a high protein feed for both the developing larva and bees.
Someone who has bees, but is not at the level of manipulation akin to a beekeeper.
Someone who keeps bees
The area or location as to where bees and hives are kept, more properly called an apiary.
The critical space that must be kept to prevent bees from filling the space with propolis or burr comb. The bee space is commonly thought of as a void greater than 1/4in and smaller than 3/8in. The bee space may vary depending on the size of the specific bee or race.
A container used by a beekeeper for the purpose of keeping a colony of bees out of the weather. It is commonly a form of box or crate, but may be a skep, hollowed log, clay pot, etc. Typically but not necessarily, the combs are removable (frames, top bars) to assist management. Unmanaged bees live in a nest.
A substance that is secreted by glands present on the worker bee. This is the primary building material used by bees, and the main structure of comb.
A segment of man made hive that creates the floor of the hive. Bottom Board module
The sections of seemingly random comb that connect hive parts together. Brace Comb is a form of Burr Comb.
Any section of comb that is not a part of the main comb piece within the frame or hanging from the top bar.
A general term to refer to immature bees, includes egg, larva and pupae. See brood module.
Section of the hive where brood is being raised and where the queen would normally be laying eggs.
A highly nutritious glandular secretion from the worker bee that is used to feed both brood and the queen
The natural seasonal increase of bee population within a colony that coincides with the start of the main nectar flow
Modern hive management originated in the writings of Langstroth who recognized the significance of bee space and box sizes of standardized dimensions. Efforts to improve on the original have led to size variations between and within countries but the principles of beespace remain the same.
The second stage of development in the life cycle of the bee.
An unfertilized, non queen female bee that is capable of laying drone eggs. This is often the result of a hive remaining queenless for a period of time.
A food source high in carbohydrates, which occurs naturally in the nectarines of a flower.
The mass gathering of nectar from flowers by bees.
An unmanaged colony of bees. Often found in the hollow of a tree, wall partition, attic, etc. as the preferred space is dark with a small entrance which is easy to protect. On occasion, European bees will build a nest in a thick shrub or tree.
An illness that effects the digestive track in bees. See Nosema module
See Nucleus Hive
A small colony of bees housed within a smaller hive container.
The mating flight taken by a queen to mate with a variety of drones.
Young hive bound bee that feeds and cares for larva.
The Top Bar Hive is a method to manage bees with removable combs which rely on top bars rather than frames for the combs. There is usually no allowance for bee space so the bars represent a continuous cover. There are no standard dimensions as there are for Langstroth hives. See also KTBH, TTBH
An antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial disease.