Honey in 2012

Honey from 2012 with the new labels

All of the honey for 2012 has been harvested and I have some new labels for all of the bottled honey!

Perils of Housing Animals Together

Green Man's head

Green Man and Belite have a little disagreement that reminds us that geckos do not always like to play nice with each other.

Improving 3D Print Quality

First print of a 3d scan of a Sappho bust

A quick update on improving and tweaking the hardware of the 3d printer.

Geckos and 3D Printing

I finally get the 3d printer up and can start to move forward with the finishing touches on Gecko Condo!

Honeyfest 2012 at Wyck Historic House and Garden

Last weekend was Philadelphia's third annual Honey Fest!  The first one was held one year after beekeeping within Philadelphia was made legal again and was held to promote beekeeping and celebrate Lorenzo Langstroth's 200th birthday.  Langstroth, if you were not aware, is the father of modern beekeeping and developer of the first hive to successfully employ bee space with movable frames to make practicle reusable and exchangable hives.  This year I was also lucky enough to give a presentation on the history of beekeeping in Philadelphia with my coworker Sarah Newhouse...

Checking Honey Stores

Doing a late August inspection on the hives and checking on their honey stores and brood rearing.

The Missing Queen?

Winter Prep Part 2

On August 3, I put a treatment of mite away quick strips (MAQS) into Cheese Palace as a treatment for the high mite count I found from the sugar roll test I conducted earlier in the week.  I debated if I should treat or let the bees fend on their own with a little help from me with less harsh meassures, but eventually did decide to treat with MAQS.  The formic acid is used as a quick 7 day treatment that is hard on the bees but deadly to the mites, and since this hive had built more wa

300 Years of the Philadelphia Honeybee

One month from today, on September 8, 2012, I will be speaking at the Wyck Historic House and Garden for Philadelphia's 3rd annual Honey Fest.  The topic is the history of beekeeping, specifically how it relates to Philadelphia.  There is a lot of beekeeping history here, most famously Lorenzo Langstroth who was born in Philadelphia and used the concept of bee space to build the hive that is widely used in beekeeping today.  I will also be covering local beekeepers, such as Francis Daniel Pastorius who founded Germantown, Pennsylvania and kept and wrote about bees and other materials from the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Listen, Chahouas, you are not who we told you you were

This morning an article published yesterday by the scientific-journal Zootaxa was brought to my attention.  The journal itself deals with the taxonomical classification of animals, something that interests me as a connection between the world of biology and my professional position as an archivist.  Taxonomy is essentially the way we identify what things are through names we give them and classifications.  In the library and archives world this helps organize information to make it easier for people to access.  In biology taxonomy tells us that this animal

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