After a couple years of searching we finally found a logo design that we are happy with that will identify BeeManiacs products.
Meet the new BeeManiacs logo:
We wanted something beekeeping related yet simple and modern.
Simple because we’re easy to interact with and will try to keep everything we do reachable and simple. And modern because we are taking a different approach into beekeeping, an industry where it seems that having three generations and about 150 years of experience seems to be more normal than in other fields. We are newer to beekeeping and half of our human resources are under 16.
The hexagons keep the logo beekeeping related, but the bee they form make it extra clear. In this picture below you can see how even the bee abdomen is an hexagon.
And if you didn’t notice at first, there’s a honey dipper embedded in the logo. Just mentally remove the “wings” and the head + abdomen of the bee form a honey dipper. The image below would help visualize the dipper.
Now that we have a trademark that we can use to identify BeeManiacs, we will start working on using it as much as we can on high quality products and we hope that in the next couple of years this trademark will be a symbol of good quality and widely recognized as BeeManiacs.
For 2013 our New Year’s resolution was to keep improving our beekeeper skills, applying for the Journeyman Level in the Washington Master Beekeeper Program.
The program has three levels: Apprentice, Journeyman and Master.
During 2013 we took classes, tests, and volunteered in many events collecting different points to meet the requirements of the Journeyman Beekeeper level.
In December 2013 we received our official certificates so we were able to fulfill 2013 New Year’s resolution right before the end of the year!
We’re looking forward to start the Master Beekeeper level now and we will apply once we meet the required experience time (two more years of beekeeping experience, so we should be taking the test in 2015).
They are pretty……they last long…….they are the first wild flowers we see when Spring starts, and…. they have bad reputation, because dandelions are considered weeds worldwide and they spread very easy with the help of the wind.
To change that bad reputation is important to know (and spread the notice to your good neighbors) that dandelions are our bees’ first natural pollen and nectar source after winter.
Bees will work hard in these dandelion “fields” to get the nutritious nectar and pollen that they will consume in the hives until other flowers start blooming later during Spring.
So, next Spring, when your neighbor starts showing some “cabin fever” symptoms and wants to start mowing the lawn even during a rainy day, ask him if he can wait a few weeks until your bees finish gathering their natural food …..of course it is always a good idea to give him at the same time one of your honey jars 🙂
This year, the whole family volunteered once again to help sell honey for the association at the Spokane Fair. During that wonderful Saturday afternoon, we answered questions at the IEBA stand to an always curious crowd of people, sharing with them some of our own experiences as a “beekeeper family”.
Supersedure cells are build during the process by which bees raise a new queen.
The workers will flood some cells where a larva has just emerged , with royal jelly. The worker bees then build a larger queen cell from the normal sized worker cell and it pop out vertically from the face of the brood comb.
Bees decide to raise a new queen for different reasons, some of them are:
The reigning queen is too old
She is not laying well (as the queen ages, her pheromone output diminishes.
The queen is injured
The queen has a disease
The workers killed the queen
When a new queen is available, the workers will kill the reigning queen by “balling” her which means that they clustered tightly around her until she dies from overheating.
This is how a Varroa mite (aka Varroa destructor) looks like when your hive is infected with it. By clicking on the photo, it will enlarge.
The Varroa mite can only reproduce in a honey bee colony.
The mite enters a honey bee (mostly drone) brood cell and as soon as the cell is capped, the mite lays eggs on the larva. The young mites hatch in about the same time as the bee develops and leave the cell with the bee and spread to other bees and larvae.
The mites suck the hemolymph of the adult honey bees, leaving open wounds and then the bees are more prone to infections.
This insect is one of many native pollinators, the famous bumblebee. It is more popularly known than other pollinators because of its “cute and fluffy” appearance.
Native pollinators are very useful in native areas for pollinating flowers that grow in their local area. They may pollinate any flower in their flight path, only pollinate certain kinds, or have a prefered flower. For example, leafcutter bees pollinate mostly alfalfa, and honey bees may pollinate it but don’t like to.
Native pollinators are quite different from each other in many ways. They vary in size, shape, color, and even speed. On top of that, different areas have different native pollinators, which gives them their name.
Queen cells are peanut-shaped cells made by honey bees only for a queen bee to emerge out of. These cells do not end up sealed in a hexagonal fashion like that of workers and drones.
Instead, a queen lays an ordinary worker egg in a queen cup if intentionally breeding a queen or an ordinary worker cell. Then, workers will continually feed large amounts of royal jelly – this is what makes the queen develop reproductive organs and a larger abdomen than workers.
Three days after this egg has been laid, it goes into the larvae stage. After five days of feeding, the workers seal the cell and the larvae spins a cocoon around its body. In the cocoon, it turns into a pupae. It will stay in this stage for eight days, during which it develops hair, eyes, wings, and legs.