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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 17th year of beekeeping in April 2022. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Philadelphia: home of Lorenzo Langstroth

I'm in Philadelphia for a conference for my other (real) job as a psychologist.  Walking down S Front Street to get lunch yesterday, right in front of me on the sidewalk, I nearly ran into this historical marker:

Amazing!  According to Wikipedia, he was punished as a child for wearing his pants out, kneeling on the ground to study ants.  Since I'm in Philly with my psychology hat on instead of my bee veil, it is also fitting to note that Langstroth took up beekeeping to deal with his bouts of depression.

He recognized bee space and designed the Langstroth hive with respect for bee space. He was never able to patent his design and made no money from his efforts.

He also wrote the hive and the honey bee, now in its umpteenth edition.

There's no birth place to tour although I would if I could.  The space is now a high rise apartment. So I visited independence hall and the liberty bell instead.


  1. Hey its really nice how simple it can be to communicate with people and have them understand a certain topic, you made my day.

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  2. Very interesting! Thanks for posting!

  3. So glad I found your blog. I'm getting my first nuc in 4 DAYS!!!


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