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:  http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/08/27/einstein-bees/ for a source that refutes the claim.

 

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

 

 

 

My Maple Mystery

Maple blooms portend the arrival of spring for honeybees, yet I rarely (never) see a forager on maple blooms.  Are maples getting credit for the pollen efforts of other early blooming plants or do I need stronger glasses?

A Maple Bloom (NE Ohio, March 2012)

What new equipment do you like?

I would appreciate any information and testimonials anyone might have related to new equipment offerings in the catalogs or that you may have constructed yourselves.  I am presenting a discussion this upcoming Saturday on “New but useful equipment”.  I could use some help.

Thanks

jtew