Archives: bees

The purpose of the honeybee

November 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping, books, journalism.

Bees give us honey. It’s a wonderful food, and many people make a living by harvesting and selling honey. Bees also pollinate many of our crops. Some estimate that up to 30 percent of what we eat is on our tables because of honeybees. Important as these activities are to humans, neither is central to • Read More »

Starting a new beehive – what it takes

April 10, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

We’ve had a cold, wet spring in East Tennessee this year, and that kind of weather is not particularly good for bees or their honey production. The crimson clover, which the bees love, still has not bloomed, although it should be at its peak in the first or second week of April. Our attitude is, of necessity, wait and see. There is little else we can do at this point.

Maria Popova reviews ‘A Sting in the Tale’ by Dave Goulson

August 7, 2014 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Home.

  Maria Popova, who produces the wonderful and stimulating website, has written a lengthy review of Dave Goulson’s book, A Sting in the Tale. The review is titled, A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors, and subtitled, How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked “the longest marketing campaign in history,” which should be enough to • Read More »

My grandfather and the bees

June 9, 2014 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping.

But wild bees were probably not very hard to find, and to find a stash with 50 pounds of honey must have been a pretty good day’s haul. Wild bees, unfortunately, are no longer plentiful enough for a young boy to enjoy hunting them.