Agapostemon virescens, or the Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bee, is found throughout most of North America. This particular model of sweat bee comes in a nice metallic green on the anterior with some sporty black and yellow bands on the posterior, and measures in at 10-13mm long. No word on how quick she is in a … Continue reading Pollinator of the Day
It is an important pollinator and is "associated with chiefly involves nectar and pollen of early successional woody species—Bursera and Eugenia. Other important pollen sources...Cochlospermum, Physalis, Gymnanthes, Myrcianthes, Thrinax, Chamaedorea, and Chrysophyllum." Unfortunately, it's current conservation status isn't great, as "beekeepers who work with M. beecheii in the Mayan zone in Quintana Roo state, Mexico, have reported a 93% decrease in hives over the past 25 years."(3) … Continue reading Pollinator of the Day
To whom it may concern, Andrea will be at the Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market tomorrow with Ross Round Comb Honey and duck eggs! Both items are quite pleasing, in my humble and biased opinion. Not at the same time, mind you, that would be weird. But independently, they are quite nice. Unless you … Continue reading Here ye, Here ye!
The current word is that the market is still happening tomorrow. All depends on the weather. (Remember, crypto payments are welcome.) We look forward to seeing everyone!
It will be of no surprise to Gulf Coast beekeepers near our particular latitude in longitude that the Chinese tallow trees (Sapium sebiferum Roxb.) are currently in full flower. The approximate blossom times for Chinese tallow range from May to June in South Louisiana and June and July for North Louisiana. They seem to be … Continue reading The Tallow Flow Has Begun
For those of you who might be interested, it looks like some great speakers. Check it out here! April 24th to 25th – Decentralized, Distributed, and Disruptive Tech Summit (D3) Decentralize, decentralize, decentralize!
Government, not content with its current levels of death and economic destruction, has activated yet another one of it's invasive tendrils to this time seek out and choke the livelihood of Gulf Coast beekeepers. Let's all take a break from grieving our colonies that just froze to death to see what our central planners have … Continue reading The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves!
I’ve never found it particularly rewarding to keep up with pop culture. Partly, I guess, because the rewards manifest as a feeling of “being in tune” with your fellow man; something I not only find unsatisfying but downright creepy. At a time when conformity has never been more in vogue, you can guarantee that the … Continue reading “Good morning, Captain!”
Sure there's the stings, the back-breaking lifting, long hours, and the constant voice in your head about things to do and things forgotten, but we beekeepers do have a few perks that some of non-beekeepers you don't. We have access to some of the most pristine honey there is; perfect white burr comb, soft, pristine, … Continue reading Ross Round Comb Honey Now Available!