We're Changing

We had to quit offering nuisance colony removal services a few years ago, and now we've had to quit producing honey too. It's just too much for my old joints. So we're shifting the focus of Hébert's Honey Bees from retail beekeeping to more of an educational focus.

We're still not certain what the future will hold, but our transition is off to a good start. We've offered a queen rearing class for a couple of years. Well, that class is now a book, and it's available in both Kindle/ebook and paperback formats. Order your copy today.


The Swarm
(untitled in the cited reference 1)

Up mounts the chief, and to the cheated eye
Ten thousand shuttles dart along the sky ;
As swift through aether rise the rushing swarms,
Gay dancing to the beam their sun-bright forms ;
And each thin form, still ling'ring on the sight,
Trails, as it shoots, a line of silver light.
High pois'd on buoyant wing, the thoughtful queen,
In gaze attentive, views the varied scene,
And soon her far-fetch'd ken discerns below
The light laburnum lift her polish'd brow,
Wave her green leafy ringlets o'er the glade,
And seem to beckon to her friendly shade.
Swift as the falcon's sweep, the monarch bends
Her flight abrupt ; the following host descends.
Round the fine twig, like cluster'd grapes, they close
In thickening wreaths, and court a short repose.


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1 the Rev. L.L. Langstroth, On the Hive and the Honey-bee, Hopkins, Bridgman & Co., Northampton, 1853, p 143.