I love beetles and keep bees! In my free time, I enjoy photography (mostly bugs) and documenting insect species found on San Juan Island. I have limited availability for local, onsite beekeeping consultation and hive inspection, honey bee removal/swarm collection as well as phone/skype consultation. Contact me at Member Washington State Beekeepers Association

Wax Moths in the Hive

Something you don’t want to see in one of your hives! Small moths of Galleria spp., commonly known as Wax Moths can eat away the honey comb and leave behind damaging webbing, frass, and plain old ick! Preventative measures include proper … Continue reading

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The bees and the birds…

Managed honey bee colonies act collectively as our “canary in the coal mine,” alerting us to the deleterious effects of toxic chemicals in the environment.  The news is bad! Bees are dying!   Scientific analysis of the effects of these toxic chemicals … Continue reading

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Vita (Europe) Ltd 2013 Beekeeping Photographic Competition

Vita Launches 2013 International Beekeeping Photo Competition Vita (Europe) Ltd is calling on beekeepers internationally to enter its 2013 photographic competition. There will be cash prizes and beekeeping products for the winners, and the best pictures will feature in the … Continue reading

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Bee Colony Rescue Helps Promote Sustainable Farming on San Juan Island

Honey bees are an integral part of the deeply-routed heritage of agriculture in the San Juan Islands.  Farmers depend on these hard-working participants to bring residents and tourists alike a bountiful array of delicious and healthy fruits, vegetables, and honey … Continue reading

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Hive Consult

Last week I went out to do a consult for someone needing a little help with their beehive. They needed help finding the queen and wanted a general assessment as to the health of their colony. The first thing I … Continue reading

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Paper Bagging It…

Will it work?  Surely something so simple would merely be anecdotal…an old “wives” tale perhaps?  A brown paper bag to get rid of the yellow jackets visiting my beehive!  Certainly I am skeptical, but after a week of trying out … Continue reading

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Long Live the Queen!

Two days ago on July 24, 2012, I noticed an unusual amount of activity right outside of my hive.  Maybe for someone else’s hive this would be perfectly normal, but for my struggling colony, seeing so many of my bees … Continue reading

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