Greenville Life Spring 2020 - Page 16

John Talbert with Sabine Creek Honey Farm. Below: Stephanie Pullen with Zane and James Apiary. While more people are showing an interest in beekeeping, there has also been some media hype, in recent weeks, about the socalled “murder hornets” (or Asian giant hornets) and their potential threat to honey bees. While Asian giant hornets do prey upon bees, the Pullens point out that they have been in North America since 2016, and still haven’t made it down to Texas from around Washington State and Western Canada. “We’re actually more concerned with other species that can harm hives, like varroa mites, hive beetles and black moths,” Jake Pullen explained. Those interested in learning more about bees, beekeeping and honey can start by reading over the Sabine Creek Honey Farm’s course description, which can be found online at www.sabinecreekhoney. com/beekeeping-seminar, or by checking Zane & James Apiary’s blog posts at www. zaneandjamesapiary.com/ blog. “One of the things that some people don’t realize when they ask about getting into beekeeping is how much work it actually is,” Stephanie Pullen said. “They think that all you need to do is put a couple of hives in your yard, but there’s a lot more to it than that. You have to learn and get used to the reality that every hive is different, with different strengths and weaknesses, and therefore they have different needs.” 16 Greenville Life SPRING 2020