How to Start Beekeeping: What's All the Buzz About?

A honey bee hive can provide an abundance of honey and beeswax, increased pollination for your garden crops, and hours of entertainment. This roundup of basic beekeeping tells you what to expect when diving into the art of apiary management, including the time, equipment and budget required.

Types of Bees
From left to right: Female worker bees make up the majority of a hive. Male drones’ sole purpose is to mate with a queen, after which they die. Each hive has one queen, and she can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
Illustration by Liz Pepperell