Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers We provide students an opportunity to be active beekeepers as undergrads and to learn about the role and importance of bees in our local ecosystem.

HUB has taken a three-pronged approach to inspire bee activities on campus:
1. Cooperative Community Events: Bee’ducation Initiative
● Film screenings: hosted in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History, ex. More than Honey, Queen of the Sun, The Vanishing of the Bees
● Bee banquets: pollinator importance awareness food events hosted with the FLP
2. Experiential Apiculture: HUB Hive Projec

HUB has taken a three-pronged approach to inspire bee activities on campus:
1. Cooperative Community Events: Bee’ducation Initiative
● Film screenings: hosted in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History, ex. More than Honey, Queen of the Sun, The Vanishing of the Bees
● Bee banquets: pollinator importance awareness food events hosted with the FLP
2. Experiential Apiculture: HUB Hive Projec

Operating as usual

12/27/2020

Looking forward to the future!

Apis Florea?
09/17/2019

Apis Florea?

Spettacolare opera degli eroi del pianeta. 🐝,

Photos from Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers's post
08/19/2019

Photos from Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers's post

NYC Beekeeping
08/15/2019

NYC Beekeeping

London (UK) beekeepers made a giant backlit pyramid of honey to show off all the different pretty shades. Very nice.

The origin of the expression, bottoms-up!
08/11/2019

The origin of the expression, bottoms-up!

Mel ~

A little bit of fun!!!!
07/23/2019

A little bit of fun!!!!

How to Deal with Common Hive Pests
06/27/2019
How to Deal with Common Hive Pests

How to Deal with Common Hive Pests

While others in the beekeeping industry are being bought out by large investment groups, Dadant remains family owned and operated. We are focused on providing the same high-quality products that have kept us going strong for over 150 years.

I shouldn't be sending product links on the club page, but just in case anyone needs a phone case, this is prob...
06/24/2019
Limited Edition Honey Bee Cases– Pela Case

I shouldn't be sending product links on the club page, but just in case anyone needs a phone case, this is probably as good as the rest!!!!

We're excited to introduce the newest addition to our animal collection, Bee Engraved cases! A unique design in our new color, Honey, this case was created in collaboration with artist Sarah Mitchell. As part of our mission to create a waste free future, Pela is a proud member of 1% for the Planet s...

06/07/2019
Macro Bees

All bees matter!

Happy world bee day! Sending some love to all the hard working pollinators. Did you know that there are over 19,000 species of bees in the world 🌎🐝😄 #socool #beesarecool #worldbeeday #pollinators #pollination #bee #shotoniphone #savethebees #worldbeeday2019 #ilovebees

Hi everyone,I am thrilled to report that the queen in the Harvard Museum of Natural History observation hive has been re...
05/20/2019
The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild

Hi everyone,

I am thrilled to report that the queen in the Harvard Museum of Natural History observation hive has been released and accepted by the bees. She is unmarked and unnamed, but she does indeed have a royal court attending to her. I have every reason to believe that the hive will start to flourish, now that the Harvard campus is green and filled with flowers.

A huge thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to make this all happen. In my wildest, wildest dreams, I never imagined that Harvard would have such an amazing community of beekeepers!

On another note, Tom Seeley’s latest book, “The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild” is about to be released on May 28th! No matter what kind of summer you’re planning to have, you’ll definitely want to take the time to sit under a shade of an old oak tree and read Tom’s new book!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691166765/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vamf_taft_p1_i1

Thank you again,

Greg

How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world’s managed bee coloniesHumans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. The Lives of Bees is Thomas Seeley’s...

The early reports are that the bees of Notre Dame survived...
04/17/2019

The early reports are that the bees of Notre Dame survived...

A little good news from Notre Dame. The hives were out of the burn zone, and current reports are they survived!! Luckily the overall damage is less than they thought as well.

News from our friend Tom Seeley at Cornell
04/17/2019

News from our friend Tom Seeley at Cornell

Many of you have seen the news on the Notre Dame cathedral fire which is truly a tragedy. Unknown to many was that there were bee hives placed on the roof back in 2013 to protect biodiversity and help prevent the bee die off.
Although the artifacts and artworks were saved, sadly the bees may have perished in the fire.
The news reports the efforts to rebuild the cathedral and we can all hope that they bring back the bee hives as well!

Photo credit to the New York Times

I couldn't resist! Spring flowers are on the way!!! May we all have a magical bee year!
04/11/2019

I couldn't resist! Spring flowers are on the way!!! May we all have a magical bee year!

FOCACCE PRIMAVERA 🌾🍅⚘🌻🥀

03/24/2019
Little Green Bees

Get ready fellow hive mates, spring is almost here!!!! Hey wait!....I'm a drone. I forgot, drones can't write or talk!

Beautiful and slightly enormous orientation flight this afternoon. #beeflight #honeybees #littlegreenbees #pensacolahoney #orientationflight #gulfcoastbeekeeping

Soozeezbeez
03/15/2019

Soozeezbeez

🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

03/10/2019

If cool bee facts aren't enough to convince you to come tomorrow, there will also be HUB's own honey, crackers, and bread starting at 2:00pm! Sever 202, bee there or bee square!!

Blue Sky Bee Supply
03/07/2019

Blue Sky Bee Supply

03/06/2019

BIG NEWS:
Tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 7 a.m, the bee club will be moving the hive to Pfoho. If you'd like to join, meet at Hoffman Lab! 😃

REMINDER:
The next Bee Class is going to be this Sunday at 2pm in Sever 202! We hope to see you all there! 🐝😄

What a clever little bug!!! Fooled me!
03/03/2019

What a clever little bug!!! Fooled me!

I still get blown away every time I come across this American Hornet moth I found. It really is a moth and an amazing hornet mimic. It made the cover of American Entomologist too. Moth-dreaming in advance of another March snowstorm coming in tonight. That’ll be snow falling on each of the first three days of March.

Enjoying St. Anne's Park
02/28/2019

Enjoying St. Anne's Park

How Bees Fly in Cold Weather
02/26/2019
How Bees Fly in Cold Weather

How Bees Fly in Cold Weather

Honey bees are not cold-weather flyers. Their muscles seize up if they get too cool. When this happens, the result is the stuff of nightmares--a bee may be alive and otherwise healthy while she lays on the cold ground unable to move herself to warmer climes. (Gen X'ers may recall Metallica's horrify

Today!!!!
02/24/2019

Today!!!!

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!

This week's topics are basic honeybee biology and behavior!

Come on out to learn more about bees and spend some time with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Society!

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers
02/23/2019

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!

This week's topics are basic honeybee biology and behavior!

Come on out to learn more about bees and spend some time with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Society!

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!This week's topics are basi...
02/23/2019

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!

This week's topics are basic honeybee biology and behavior!

Come on out to learn more about bees and spend some time with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Society!

World's biggest bee found alive
02/21/2019
World's biggest bee found alive

World's biggest bee found alive

A giant bee, thought lost to science decades ago, has been re-discovered on an Indonesian island.

I can't wait until this book becomes available! All of Tom Seeley's book are incredible reads!!!!
02/16/2019
Following the Wild Bees by Tom Seeley

I can't wait until this book becomes available! All of Tom Seeley's book are incredible reads!!!!

🐝🐝NEWS! 🐝🐝
Tom's new book will be published in May! (You can pre-order now.) https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13517.html

"The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild"
➡️➡️How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world’s managed bee colonies

Princeton University Press.
@Princeton Birds and Natural History

Natural Beekeeping Trust
02/14/2019

Natural Beekeeping Trust

We wish you a happy St. Valentine's Day 🐝💛🐝

Spring will be here soon!!!!
02/12/2019

Spring will be here soon!!!!

A trip to Boston Common to catch and track some bees!
05/05/2018

A trip to Boston Common to catch and track some bees!

A trip to Boston Common to catch and track some bees!

2018 HUB honey extraction, round 1. Thanks for a great event to all those who came, we really appreciate it! We'll try t...
03/09/2018

2018 HUB honey extraction, round 1. Thanks for a great event to all those who came, we really appreciate it! We'll try to let you know about the next one.

08/31/2017

Hi everyone,

I'm told we had a very successful Green Fair at Harvard yesterday, with about fifty freshmen students interested in joining the club! I am delighted that so many people are interested in the gentle craft and science of beekeeping. I am so honored to be the advisor to such a wonderful group of people!

We are always interested in any local beekeeping activities, lectures, etc. Also, stay tuned for upcoming events that we will be hosting... Greg

08/22/2017

Just a tiny update, the observation hive in the Harvard Museum of Natural History is doing super. I've been spending the odd lunchtime visiting the hive and answering questions by the children who are in awe of so many bees. They love the queen and they love to watch tail-waggle dances. Cambridge, Mass is in a bit of a drought now. Thankfully, The Busch-Reisinger Museum has a little garden pool, which serves both the bees and a resident hawk!

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Samson and the bees, as related in "Dr. Jamoke's Little Book of Hitherto Uncompiled Facts and Curiosities Regarding Bees": Samson, of Biblical fame, was not only strong but clever, and honeybees came to play a part in an interesting event. Samson, it seems, had seen the woman of his dreams, but she was from among the uncircumcised Philistines who ruled over Israel. He took his parents to meet her. Along the way, he encountered a lion in a vineyard. He tore the lion apart with his bare hands, though apparently the altercation didn’t create enough noise for his parents to hear. He never told them about it. They met the girl, and, according to the King James ver- sion, “She pleased him well.” He came back later and married her. On his way home, he looked for the carcass of the lion. He found it full of bees and honey! He dug right in, ate some, and took some home to his parents, though he never told them or his wife where he got it. Later, he took his father to see his new wife. As was customary, he held a feast for his Philistine family. Thirty uncircumcised men were assigned to be his groomsmen. They befriended him. But not a lot. Sampson offered them a cruel riddle and told them that if they answered it in seven days, he would give all thirty of them a set of sheets and garments. But if they failed to answer it, they would have to give him thirty sheets and as many garments. The offer was undoubtedly both intriguing and disturbing, but they agreed. And Samson said unto them, “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.” They couldn’t figure it out. Desperate, they asked his wife to tease it out of him. His wife cried for a week and “lay sore upon him.” She said, “You do but hate me, and love me not: you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and have not told it me.” Samson, nagged raw, finally told her, and she told them. And they told Samson the answer. And Samson said, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.” The Bible does not mention how the wife felt about being called a heifer or exactly what Samson meant by “plowed,” but it didn’t matter because that marriage was effectively over. Samson, infused with the spirit of the Lord, went and killed 30 uncircumcised Philistines and took their garments. And his wife? She was given to one of Samson’s groomsmen. End of story? Certainly not. It got even more complicated. But that’s the end of the part that involved bees. - - - - - - It's an interesting book. Beekeepers should read it, then pass it on to other beekeepers.
Are you folks still active?
We will miss our annual bee hive unveiling in the Harvard Museum of Natural History Arthropods gallery with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers this year, but we are glad bees are getting their day in the sun this #EarthDay2020! Join the Harvard Business School Beehives & Business online event TODAY, Tuesday, April 21, 1-2pm. https://buff.ly/2XDlNmH
We will miss our annual bee hive unveiling in the Arthropods gallery with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers this year, but we are glad bees are getting their day in the sun this #EarthDay2020! Join the Harvard Business School Beehives & Business online event on Tuesday, April 21, 1-2pm. https://buff.ly/2XDlNmH
After a long winter nap, our honeybee observation hive is humming again in the arthropod gallery, thanks to Greg Morrow & the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers. Stop by and watch worker bees make comb, gear up to produce honey, and provide for their queen! According to Massachusetts Beekeepers Association the main purpose of #WorldBeeDay is to have at least one day devoted to raising awareness around the world about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humankind. It is also an opportunity to discuss bees as part of a larger picture on bee conservation, sustainable farming, and the global drive to combat hunger.
A response Harvard's continued shenanigans.......... Mr. Lucey and Pres. Bacow, Facilitators and environmental committee representatives of two neighborhood councils (Agassiz and Harvard Square), City Councilman Zondervan, and several local tree activists, Harvard graduate students and alumni have written to you asking for the data and site access for a second, independent arborist to do an assessment. . It's been two weeks, and so far we have received no reply about those reasonable requests. Your email and the link did not answer those inquiries. . Harvard hired their own contractor to do the linked assessment - that is not an independent opinion. DPW Commissioner O'Riordan has also unfortunately worked against our new tree cutting moratorium, so he is not a disinterested party either (see link). This relationship is much messier than your carefully crafted message states. Link: https://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20190219/cambridge-dpw-says-moratorium-on-tree-removal-would-be-very-challenging-to-enforce . Your message and the link you've provided are just more examples in a long line of instances where Harvard refuses to deal openly and honestly with the community (e.g. not releasing any architectural plans, not releasing the financial data after it was requested by Agassiz neighbors, not accommodating minority faith perspectives at a multi-faith school, not mentioning cutting down trees in development plans at HDS or Houghton...etc). . Your links contain no actual data, just interpretations of data that fit along Bartlett's corporate guidelines. You promised Fred Meyer (the facilitator of the Agassiz neighborhood council) that you were hiring an arborist with an "eye to preserving our tree"; in the interest of transparency and some accountability to the community, Harvard should share that data and allow access for an arborist who can give a truly independent, second opinion (not an answer so obviously and fully cultivated by Harvard). . If the data and the interpretations are scientific, then those interpretations would be replicable by another arborist and then we can be done with this issue and mourn our tree and this terrible community process. Without an independent, second opinion, there will remain lingering doubt about the ethics of Harvard's intentions and actions. . The arborist that I am in contact with is a recognized expert in older trees and he works to preserve trees at historic sites in Massachusetts. He sometimes uses techniques from Europe, where they care for and value older trees as an integral part of their communities (e.g. not just 100 yo oaks, but a thousand year old oaks). He is waiting on the go-ahead from you to look at the raw data (not interpretations) and to make an independent assessment. . I keep wondering what Harvard is afraid of ----- Is it that the data could be interpreted another way by an expert in the care of older trees? Is it that Harvard's poor management practices harmed this tree? Or is it that Harvard doesn't actually want to be accountable to its own students or to the larger community? . I'm still waiting for a reply to our multiple requests for the raw data and site access for a second, independent arborist. I will keep insisting on this. . Sincerely, Shane Brodie . Ps. In addition to some of the letter writers, I'm also CC'ing Dean Hempton. I want him to be aware of the ethical issues we are grappling with here and about this on-going poor community process, since this situation will be part of his legacy as Dean of the Divinity School. Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Harvard Graduate Students Union - UAW, Harvard Extension Student Environmental Club, Harvard Square Neighborhood Association, Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers, Harvard University Center for the Environment, Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice, Harvard Office for Sustainability, Agassiz Baldwin Community
https://ccae.org/gonsonlectures "Our History with Honeybees" next Weds, October 3, 1 PM
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