Beespace and Burr-comb,

If there’s one essential rule to modern beehive design, it’s that a beekeeper must respect the bee space. I’m not talking about ambiance here. Bee space refers to the area between frames and other parts of the hive in which the bees crawl.


Cross-section of a Langstroth Hive. Illustration by Sarah Plonski

It’s super important because any space that’s too small for a bee will be filled in with propolis and any space that’s unnecessarily large will be filled in with comb. The specific measurement of bee space is approximately 7-9mm.

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Amazing close-up bee photos!


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This weekend I was delighted to attend some events of the Philadelphia Science Festival, notably, the Discovery Day in Hunting Park, where I was running a booth for the Philadelphia Beekeeper’s Guild. This is pretty much my ideal afternoon; sitting in the sun, showing off bees, telling all sorts of people all about bees. Continue reading

Installing a Package of Bees

Sarah Plus Bees – Installing a Package from Sarahplonski on Vimeo.

If you are already planning to pick up your first package of bees this Spring, you will probably want to know how to put them into your hive. I’ll give you a brief run down of what’s supposed to happen, but you don’t want to emulate my installation process. Continue reading

Ask a beekeeper – 5 questions people ask, and answers that might surprise you

  1. Do you get stung a lot?
    Yes and no, I get stung every few times I visit my hives, which is certainly more than someone who stays clear of bees altogether, but considerably less than you would expect for someone who routinely dives elbows deep into a box of live bees.

    And not a sting was stung

    And not a sting was stung

  2. What kind of bees do you keep?
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