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Monday, February 20, 2012
When I was about 10, I've read "Николай Носов. Дневник Коли Синицына"
When I was about 10, I've read "Николай Носов. Дневник Коли Синицына"
(http://lib.rus.ec/b/75858/read) and immediately wanted to keep bees. The main thing I've learned then was

1. Although there are plenty of bees flying around, you can't just capture them one-by one and make them bring honey to you.

Keeping bees in a large city in USSR was hard to do for a 10 year old boy, but the dream didn't die. Now that I am 4x older, I got "Beekeeping For Dummies" (http://books.google.com/books?id=ze63BF8GD1gC) book from the library, and studied that. The main things I learned now was

2. When bees inevitably sting your neighbors, you should suck up to them by giving them honey and home-made honey wine aka mead (медовуха).
3. The natural enemy of apiary (пасека) is the bear.
4. Whatever you do, never ever harvest honey (качать мёд) outdoors.
5. You can defend hive (улей) from ants by building a moat (ров) and filling it with used motor oil.
6. The main reason hives are raised on legs, is so that when a honey badger/etc go for the honey, bees can sting them into the stomach.
7. When the swarm is unhappy with you (and bees are very finicky), they immediately decide "then hell with it" and bolt. A swarm of bees in not faithful like a dog at all.


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