Category: Beekeeping

Bee Bread, Anyone?

This little worker bee is busy making bee bread! The Process: Pollen is collected by the forager bees and returned to the hive. Once it is placed into cells, the worker bees use their heads to firmly pack it in place. Honey, nectar or…

Glory of the Snow

As a beekeeper, I feel it is my duty to provide healthy forage for my bees. I’ve had a passion for flowers and bees for as long as I can remember. I love that my two favorite things complement one another so beautifully. This…

Queen Louise II

During hive inspections, one might think that each colony would have the same feeling tone, but this is so not the case. I currently have over 30 colonies and each one has a different temperament. In my opinion, raising honey bees can be a…

Thinking About Becoming a Beekeeper?

Beekeeping is an exciting and rewarding adventure!  Beekeeping is also challenging and even heartbreaking, at times.  Before purchasing bees, take some time to prepare for a successful journey as a backyard beekeeper.  Consider these 5 recommendations: Research, research, research! There are many wonderful beekeeping…

Spring Has Sprung

It is difficult to believe that I discovered the first dandelion of the season yesterday…one month earlier than last year! With temperatures between 50-60 degrees F, here in West Michigan, I have been able to thoroughly inspect all of my hives. There is nothing…

What Big Eyes You Have…

Honey bees are extraordinary creatures!  Their eye sight is just one of their many super powers. Honey bees see ultraviolet light, as well as color combinations of purples, blues and greens. They are unable to see the color red, although they are able to…

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

Soon the boys will be back in town! Although there were no signs of new drones upon my initial hive inspections of 2020, the ladies will begin the process of re-establishing the drone population very soon. During our Michigan winters, the drones (male honey…

Beekeeper Roda’s Story

My name is Roda. I am the owner of Indigo Acres Apiary in Rockford, Michigan. I was born a nature girl. I spent my childhood exploring the woods, catching critters, and gardening with my dad. Even then, I was easily distracted by bees, butterflies,…

Inspect with a Purpose

As spring arrives, I become more and more excited to begin hive inspections. As much as I enjoy inspections, I want to make sure I am not opening a hive just to say “hello” to my sweet ladies. Before I inspect a hive, I…

Let’s Talk Pollen!

Pollen is a protein food source for the bees. This powdery substance is collected from flowers, by the forager bees, and brought back to the hive and stored in cells. Pollen is then used to make bee bread, (a mixture of honey and pollen)…