most of us know that honey bees collect pollen, make honey and pollinate flowers. and if you are my dear friend, Pioneer Preppy, you have been raising honey bees for quite some time and have been sharing your vast knowledge with the rest of us - thank you Pioneer Preppy! some of us with a large set of cajones, like Mamma Bear, are interested enough to take the dare from Pioneer Preppy and start raising honey bees, too. check out her cool new bee outfit here.
some of us have loved bees and anything bee-related since we were kids. i have always loved bees and wasps and anything that remotely resembles a bee! i can get bees and wasps to land on my hand, head, ear, lip - you name it! i have physically moved 2 wasps nests in my life! and have only been stung once by anything! and that was my own stupid fault - we had ground wasps nesting in our cedar mulch back at our house in the city. i used to sit in front of the little hole in the ground and watch those little guys go in and out quite regularly. but this one time, a little guy came flying out a little drunkenly and smacked me right in the tip of my nose. i got stung. he didn't mean it and i never blamed him. but man, did it sting.
but like i said - i can get a bee to walk on my arm or face for hours. and whenever i have been indoors at a public place and a bee is noticed - i just walk over, get him to walk on my hand and then i walk him outside to safety - even after a 13 floor elevator ride!
i have more bee paraphernalia then you can shake a stick at - i have been collecting bee cups, saucers, tea kettles, table cloths, earings, shoes, purses, etc. since i was born - here's a few examples:
AND i have about 40 boxes full of bee stuff up in the attic!!! i love bees! and my second favourite book of all-time is "Cook's Manual of the Apiary"! but am i as crazy as Pioneer Preppy or Mamma Bear????? um - that's a big giant NO!
so for this year i am going to start out small. i am going to start with mason bees. mason bees do not produce honey nor beeswax. but that doesn't mean that they aren't awesome little pollinators - they really are! you can learn more about mason bees here. so all of this to say that i have just ordered my mason bees, a mason bee home and a book about mason bees from these guys, BeeDiverse. my foray into the bee-keeping world will start with mason bees, while i continue to learn from my heroe, Pioneer Preppy, and from Mamma Bear.
bring on the mason bees!