Identifying the bees in a honeybee colony starts with the three types: queen, workers which are female and drones which are male. The workers make up the large majority of the population and look like the typical honeybee you’ve seen in your garden. Cute and adorable, right?
The honeybee queen looks similar to the workers with a longer abdomen.
Here’s a close up of all three:
They can be a little harder to spot on a frame of honeybees fresh out of the colony:
Honey can easily be substituted for white refined sugar in baking. Since honey is very sweet, add less honey than the sugar most recipes call for. Reduce any liquids by 1/4 cup and add a little more baking soda and lower the oven temp by 25F. That’s all there is to it!
Since I’m a visual person I made a little chart:
While you can take out up to half of the refined sugar (white sugar) when I do this I start with 1/4 c and then see how it tastes. Then the next time I’ll take substitute a little more.
I recently made my all time favorite Molasses Cookies using Buckwheat Honey instead of brown sugar and molasses. They came out just fine! Next time I would add a little more spice as the buckwheat, while flavorful, isn’t as strong as molasses. Check the Recipes page if you’d like to try the cookies out yourself.
Seasonal management, including the time needed during each season
What you need to get started; basic equipment and attire
Pests, diseases including different management strategies
Getting stung! It’s going to happen.
Sweet rewards – extracting and wax plus other value adds
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