For Those That Love Bee Skeps and More

Beekeeping in colonial America was a simple procedure. A single skep was maintained throughout the winter. It was usually insulated and always kept under cover, doctor and the bees were fed to sustain themselves throughout the cold months. In the early summer the beekeeper caught and skepped the swarms that issued from his winter hive. Natural reproduction would populate his other hives, and the inhabitants would produce honey in them all summer long. Then, in late summer, the owner killed the bees in most of his skeps by burning sulphur beneath them. He would then cut out the beeswax and harvest the honey. Today it is against the law to use bee skeps because of the killing of the bees.

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7 Responses to “For Those That Love Bee Skeps and More”

  1. christe' Says:

    oh, be still my heart!

    Thank you, Carole, for sharing these wonderful images from your friend, Lynne’s, home.

    It is so lovely~ I can just imagine how it felt to be there…
    what wonderful bee skeps and collections~

  2. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Christe’, so nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for leaving a comment this morning. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Will write soon.

  3. Marilyn Says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! My knees are weak. I don’t think I can get up from this chair. What

    Fabulous collections!! Your pictures and commentary are superb. It’s like we are right there

    with you. Thank You, Carole, for letting us tag along.

  4. tj Says:

    …I just love bee skeps with the exception of all the sadness associated with the killing of the bees. But my oh my, they are gorgeous! :o )

    …Thank you so much for sharing dear Carole! Your photos are wonderful! I see future greeting cards in the future. *wink*wink* ;o)

    …Enjoy your evening!

    …Peace & blessings. :o )

  5. Louise Says:

    Carole, I just love them! Lynne has so many wonderful collections!

  6. Barbara Says:


    I knew about bee skeps, but didn’t know they came in so many different shapes. Didn’t kniw that history either. I will think of bees a little differently now. Love the photos!


  7. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Barbara. It always makes me happy when I can tell my readers something they did not know.

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