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Raising Island Queens

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  • Raising Island Queens

    Nina Carelli  

    Commercial bee-keeping is big business. Bees zigzag across the country like the Rolling Stones on tour in 18-wheeler Kenworths, pollinating crops from California to Florida. A Cornell University study conducted in 2000 revealed that nationally, the value of bee pollination is $14.7 billion annually.

  • Raising Island Queens

    Nina Carelli  

    A bee can be picked up gently by its thorax, the hard-ish spot behind its head. Even a child can do it. Queens vary in size and in temperament, they are more calm once mated.