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Featured Article: Beekeeping Tools
Various items that a beekeeper should have available to enable safe and easy manipulation of bees and for the modification and construction of beekeeping equipment.
Tools need to be kept in good order, clean, and corrosion-free. "Clean" in beekeeping terms means sterile as well. Any sharp edges should be honed regularly.
Featured Article: Bees and Wasps
There are about 19,000 known species of bee, a similar number of species of wasps, and a good many more of each that we have yet to discover and catalog.
Many of these insects are solitary inhabit, but some of them are social and live in colonies varying in size from a few dozen up to many thousands. All in all, we humans are outnumbered by bees on this planet by an estimated 20,000 to 1. There are also many thousands of other insects that are equipped with stings, yet the incidence of any insect stinging a human being is very rare. Bees are in fact very gentle creatures if left undisturbed.