Beekeeping Basics

The sweetest of all harvests goes to those folks who keep honeybees, but before you undertake such a venture you should understand beekeeping basics.



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Bill McCullough, MOTHER EARTH NEWS' apiarist, demonstrated the use of a smoker and other beekeeping basics to a group of beginners.
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TOP: He uses his hive tool to pry out a super frame. BOTTOM: Capped and ready-for-the-harvesting honey
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LEFT: This frame section contains both healthy brood (lower right) and stored honey (upper left). RIGHT: A fertile queen bee beside a noticeably smaller worker.
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A foraging worker filling its storage sac with pollen.
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Diagram shows the parts of a beehive. 
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