Beekeeping

Do All Bees Return to the Hive at Night?

It has been observed that honeybees exhibit very rich and diverse behavioral patterns connected with foraging behavior, nest-building, and signaling. It is valuable for beekeepers to know if bees come back to the hive at night to have sufficient information about colonies. It is most active during the day when it forages for nectar and

Carniolan Bees Tending Drone Cells

Carniolan vs. Italian Bees: Differences, Pros, and Cons

Choosing between Italian and Carniolan bees comes down to various characteristics. You might favor the Italian’s calmer disposition or the Carniolan bee’s stronger disease resistance. Each species has its differences, pros, and cons that can cater to your requirements and beekeeping skill level. For instance, novice beekeepers will likely prefer working with Italian bees for

Close-up of a mason bee on a red flower

Best Flowering Plants for Mason Bees

Mason Bees are one of the world’s most efficient pollinators. Their furry bodies allow them to transport a lot of pollen all at once.  Because of that, these critters are incredibly beneficial for the ecosystem. They can help plants grow and maintain biodiversity by cross-pollination.  As you can imagine, that means having these bees in

Bumble bee flying in front of a purple flower

Bumble Bee vs. Mason Bee

Whether you’re into beekeeping or you have a garden that bees frequent, it’s important to know the different types of bees. Two of the most popular types you’ll come across are bumble bees and mason bees. So, what’s the difference between them? Various distinctions set bumble bees apart from mason bees. For starters, bumble bees

What Is Nectar

What Is Nectar?

When it comes to bees, and indeed other insects, you have likely heard that they seek nectar. However, nectar can often be misunderstood or you may not be entirely sure what it is.  In short, it’s a sweet liquid which is excreted from some plants and it’s an important source of carbohydrate energy that bees