The Sweet Science of Beekeeping

Vineyard Haven beekeeper Tim Colon received more calls than usual this year from startled Islanders reporting swarms of bees. A swarm is awe-inspiring to witness.

Bee Business

Carpenter bees are coming out of the woodwork.

Welcoming Bees to the Backyard

Native bees deserve much credit, and are impressive in their pollinating talent, diversity and sheer numbers.

The Buzz on Native Bees

A discussion next week will look at the importance of native bees and how to create a welcoming habitat for them.

To Bee or Not to Bee? Ask the Yellow Jackets

Wasps, especially yellow jackets, have been out in full force, and folks are noticing and fearing them.

Bee Happy

What I don’t know is a lot! For example, all the petals of the echinacea are being eaten by a tiny worm. I can barely see it with my reading glasses. Sadly, only the center of the blossom remains on many of the flowers. I had several varieties in different colors. Honestly, it is always something!

Busy as a Bee

Big doings out at Bayes-Norton Farm. I’ve been watching all week and wondering if the garden is being expanded or a if a house is on the way. Those big machines sure make short work of land clearing. I was thinking about our ancestors doing the same task with nothing but beasts of burden and pure brawn. They couldn’t stop by for take-out on the way home either.
Monica Miller James Kozak

Hives in the Backyard, Local Apiaries Attract Sweet Buzz

Chilmark tends to be on the darker side. Edgartown is rather light, and in springtime, the honey produced in West Tisbury and Vineyard Haven is so light in color it’s almost clear.

“They’re all different, and people really like that — they like the local, local, down to the town,” Tim Colon, owner of Island Bee Company says, standing over one of his hives in the backyard of his Vineyard Haven home. Mr. Colon has 130 hives across the Island in every town except for Aquinnah. “The color all depends on what’s blooming.”

Vineyard Buzz: More Than 150 Bee Species

Once again, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have participated in the Martha’s Vineyard pollinator project by helping to inventory the Island’s native bees. We are indebted especially to the volunteers who helped sample bees and generate important data—including the first recorded occurrences of over 150 species from the Vineyard.


Beehaving in Christiantown

Editor’s Note: What follows in an addendum to an the Editorial Page feature Why I Love Where I Live, published in the Tuesday Gazette.