There is no proof that Einstein offered the famous bee quote commonly ascribed to him

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.  Albert Einstein.

In the scheme of things, it probably does not matter, but there is no record of Einstein ever uttering the famous quote ascribed to him.  The literature is also unclear as to when the quote first appeared in the press. Since it is so often repeated,  it is a sad day for whoever did say it.  They could have been famous beyond their dreams.

See: for a source that refutes the claim.


The 19th Annual Beekeeping Symposium in Passing

I admit with the weather that the region had just endured, whether or not the usual crowd would be on hand was unknown, but as has become typical, beekeepers showed up in significant numbers.  There were 650+ of you there.  New vendors were on hand and speakers provided information and experiences.  The Alabama Beekeepers Association (ABA) provided many of the speakers while other members  fed most of the participants a hardy lunch.  Thanks to all who attended and we hope that you will consider coming again next year.  Due to the size that the symposium, there is a possibility of moving it off campus next year.  Any future change in location will be highly publicized.

Main room participants
Main room participants at 2014 Beekeeping Symposium


Spring Beekeeping Symposium was held on February 1, 2014

The annual beekeeping symposium was held on February 1, 2014.  The location was the Lowder Business School (now renamed the: Raymond J. Harbert College of Business where the meeting has been historically held. This symposium was well attended and is a cooperative project between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Beekeepers Association.

Lunch was provided by the Alabama State Beekeepers’ Association for all who pre-registered.  Hope to see you next year.

Main room participants
Main room participants




2013 Beekeeping Symposium at Auburn University

Information and registration directions for the 18th Annual Spring Beekeeping Symposium sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, The Alabama Beekeepers’ Association, and the The Department of Entomology/Nematology is posted elsewhere on this blog.  Save the February 2, 2013, date.  Thanks,

For complete information, at the Symposium link posted in the Black Bar at the top of the blog page.

Jim Tew, State Beekeeping Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System




Grandkids and Stings

My 2-year old grand daughter was stung by a Yellowjacket.  At this moment she is napping, but when she awakes she still will not like any stinging insect.  Not much I can say to change her 2-year old mind.


Yellowjacket sting on my 2-year old grand daugher
This 2-year old does not care for stinging insects – any stinging insect

If you are primarily a gardener who keeps some bees….

If you are primarily a gardener who keeps some bees, could I ask you opinion?

From a gardener’s perspective, does present-day beekeeping equipment meet your needs?  Is it the right size, the right color, they right style?  Can too many bees be too much of a good thing?  I’ve spoken to many gardening groups and have been told that the common beehive is not always well-suited for the garden environment.  If you agree, what changes do you suggest?