© 2017-19, ZBees Apiary, Waynesville, NC. Buzz the Apiary
At ZBees Apiary, we understand these following truths about beekeeping and they help us to preserve a healthy apiary. First, the Creator God placed the honeybee in this world to benefit humanity and the environment. “He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey;” (Deuteronomy 26:10). Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, the father of American beekeeping, understood this fact and designed the most standardized beehive still in use throughout the world. Second, the beekeeper must stay updated about beekeeping by following honeybee trends, events, reading books, magazines, web articles, blogs, or watching videos. Regardless of your beekeeping knowledge, ask questions about apiary management from other beekeepers and learn something new. Third, aim to become a Certified, Journeyman, Master, or Master Craftsman beekeeper in your state and teach those who wish to learn from the knowledge you enjoy. Last, beekeeping is a science, “not a hobby,” and it calls for constant nurturing to mature the hives into a well-managed apiary.
Climate conditions affect the temperament of honeybees and it changes from day-to-day. At times, honeybees may become “defensive” during cloudy days, honey flows, or possibly the beekeeper did something mistakenly to arouse their sting. Reverend L. L. Langstroth (1810-1895) offers this analysis of honeybee behavior,
I deem it important to show clearly, in every outset, how bees may be managed, so that all necessary operations may be performed in an Apiary, without incurring any serious risk of exciting their anger (Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee: A Bee Keeper’s Manual, 1853, 23).
Italian honeybee on Blazing Star
New Forager gathering nectar
Italian worker on Blackberry blossom
Honeybee on dandelion
Honeybees in Flight
Honeybee on Butterfly Weed
Honeybee on Buckwheat
There is no guarantee that the beekeeper will not get stung during any apiary inspection, however, it is proven that sudden movements and sharp noises do increase the honeybee’s normal behavior and therefore, they become “actively” defensive. During the 1850’s, one of Langstroth’s observations focused on the fury of “defensive” honeybees. I have personally experienced such behavior, especially while inspecting all hive boxes and frames during the honey-flow season. During inspections I realized how the honeybees do not like the removal of the upper 10-frame deep box from the hive body, even though the beekeeper is just inspecting the lower box. As I set the upper box down on an upturned flat roof, their attitude changed from “calm” to “jittery” and the box came alive! Imagine their reaction in this manner. “You live in a two-story house and suddenly the upper floor is removed while you are still inside. How would you feel, upset, angry, or ready to strike out at whatever or whomever ruined your day and your home?” Of course, you would be agitated and possible lash out and this is how I view the standard Langstroth hive when I need to inspect the lower boxes.
Thinking ahead, I placed a plastic covering over-the-top of the frames to prevent any “buzz-outs,” as I like to call bee attacks. It was during a typical inspection that I developed the design for a different hive box. A design that incorporates the Langstroth frames in a more conducive way of “hive management” and allows the bees room to expand inside one box without exposing all the frames to the open-air. So, I created the Z-Top Hive as an easier method to manage hives and lessen the stress on the bees.
It is my prayer that your journey through our site will help to give you a better understanding of the importance of the divine connection between honeybees, humanity, and our environment. The word “honey” is used to denote the substance and sweetness of God’s provision for His people and thus, the importance of the honeybee to our society is divinely connected.
Rev. David Zachary
Matthew 3:4; Mark 1:6 - with reference to John the Baptist eating locust and wild honey.
Revelation 10:9-10 - with reference to the the “angel” and the “little scroll.”
Exodus 16:14-31; Numbers 11:7, 8 - “manna” from heaven was God’s substance for the Israelites and was liken to “taste as honey,” sweet to those who hunger.
Honey mentioned in the Bible…
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