ABJ Cover archive

January 2016 Cover

Pollination season will be upon us soon—starting with California almond pollination in February and March. These beekeepers are part of the LeFore Honey Farms crew checking colonies during last season’s almond bloom. This beautiful photo comes to us courtesy of photographer Clarke Sutphin of Billings, MT.




December 2015 Cover

Bill and Mary Weaver write about the Honl commercial beekeeping business operating out of Minnesota and Texas in this issue beginning on page 1323. The business prides itself on operating as a family-run operation.





November 2015 Cover

Does that honey bee look a bit different?  If you thought yes, you are right. It is an Apis cerana honey bee (the Asiatic Honey Bee) on a Zinnia on the campus of Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China.  Expert photographer and bee researcher Dr. Zachary Huang of Michigan State University was kind enough to share this photo with us.




October 2015 Cover

Photographer Meghan Quintanilla of Arcata, California took this beautiful photo of a honey bee on Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as bachelor’s button, bluebottle, cornflower, hurtsickle or cyani flower. This annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae is a native of Europe. They often bloom from mid-summer until first frost.




 September 2015 Cover

Clarke Sutphin of Billings, Montana took this wonderful close-up photo of a honey bee preparing to land on a sunflower blossom. Sunflowers bloom in mid to late summer and sometimes even into fall. They provide nice honey surpluses where they are plentiful. 




August 2015 Cover

Beekeeper/Photographer Bill Mondjack of Mondjack Apiaries in Pennsylvania took this great photograph of a honey bee on a Knapweed blossom. Regarded as an invasive species and noxious weed by conservationists, knapweed often blooms and provides surplus honey late in the season when there are few other plants blooming. 




July 2015 Cover

Photographer Michael LaSpina of Lincoln, CA took this excellent photo of a honey bee working his organic lavender. We thank him for sharing it with our readers.





June 2015 Cover

Photographer Clarke Sutphin of Billings, Montana sent this beautiful close-up photo of honey bees capping fresh honey—very appropriate for our June issue for beekeepers in the northern half of the country.





May 2015 Cover

Blake Shook, a young Texas commercial beekeeper, in a field of blooming canola. Read more about Blake Shook and Sarah Rushfeldt, a Wisconsin commercial beekeeper, in Charles and Karen Lorence’s article in this issue beginning on page 557.






April 2015 Cover

Rebecca Eldridge, 2015 Indiana Honey Queen, sent us this beautiful photo of a honey bee working buckwheat blossoms. Besides being a talented photographer, Rebecca helps her family maintain 70 to 100 hives. Read more about Rebecca on page 357 of this issue.




March 2015 Cover

The cover picture for this issue is actually a beautiful watercolor work by artist Jim Whiteside. Jim donated the painting and it was purchased at the American Beekeeping Federation Convention auction this year for $700 by Mary and Dave Mendes from Florida.  Read more on page 233.





February 2015 Cover

Winter in the Beeyard—Wisconsin beekeeping artist Marie App has done another excellent  painting for our cover. To contact the artist about print ordering information, email her at marieapp@hotmail.com. More details on page 121.





January 2015 Cover

A giant open-air colony with Bob van der Herchen standing beside it (copyright Bob van der Herchen). Bob operates a bee removal service in Florida.  Read more about “Bizarre Nesting Sites of Honey Bees” in Robert Weast’s article in this issue beginning on page 37.




December 2014 Cover

Bill Mondjack of Mondjack Apiaries in Whitehall, Pennsylvania took this wonderful photo of a honey bee working borage.  Bill is a long-time beekeeper, as well as a wonderful photographer.





November 2014 Cover

“What is it like to be a bee?”  This is the question Jonathan Smith and Ethan Turpin hoped to answer for the general public with their immersive video installation known as the “Bee Cell”. Viewers enter a chamber, a three dimensional virtual hive built with media technology.  Read this month’s cover story beginning on page 1185.




October 2014 Cover

Honey bee on a lantana flower. This colorful photo was sent to us by Allan Stevenson. Allan says the plant grows freely in his area and is regarded as a weed. However, in northern states different varieties are often planted as ornamentals. While some varieties are quite attractive to honey bees and butterflies and birds eat the berries, the plant is regarded as a noxious and invasive weed in areas where it has spread unchecked due to its danger to grazing livestock.




September 2014 Cover

Roby Baer, www.robys.com, has painted a number of wonderful beekeeping-related paintings over the last few years. Turn to our Letters page 937 for more details on viewing Roby’s paintings, as well as ordering prints. Roby’s Honey Bear pictured on this month’s cover seemed appropriate since September is National Honey Month.




August 2014 Cover


This beautiful close-up photo of a honey bee foraging on purple gromwell “Heavenly Blue”, Lithodora diffusa, comes to us from Meghan Quintanilla, a California nature photographer. “Heavenly Blue” is a mat-forming evergreen shrub.




July 2014 Cover

This beautiful beeyard painting was done by Mirald Cake, the son of a beekeeper from Albania, Behar Cake, who immigrated to the United States in 2000.  Mirald spent many days as a young boy assisting his father in beekeeping work.  Read more in our Letters section on page 713. This painting and artist information comes to us courtesy of Charles Barocas of Seminole, Florida.




June 2014 Cover

Doug Carnathan of Maryville, TN sent us photos of his painted hive. Jill Sanders, a local artist, painted the hive for Doug and did a wonderful job.  It is truly a work of art!  Jill’s website is: jsandersart.com.  Read more on page 601 of this issue.





May 2014 Cover

Beekeeper Kenny Nobles said he took this excellent photo of a honey bee working one of his peach tree blossoms in late February in southeast Georgia. Kenny lives in Ludowici, Georgia and says he also enjoys amateur photography as another hobby. Congratulations on the nice photo Kenny.





April 2014 Cover

Clarissa Burford of Port Allegany, PA has titled her painting “Golden Days”. The old Ford truck loaded with beehives is painted on a vintage inner cover that an old beekeeper gave to her husband.  Clarissa has prints for sale. Contact her at: artbyclarissaburford@gmail.com. For more details see page 353.





March 2014 Cover

Bee Hive Modern Art? Marie App of Ogdenburg, Wis., painted this apiary scene that shows an innovative beekeeper who has new ideas about how to paint his woodenware. His friend on the right thinks the bees won’t like it, but his friend on the left thinks the whole idea is funny. Contact Marie at Marieapp@hotmail.com regarding purchasing prints of this painting.




February 2014 Cover

Kathy Keatley Garvey, photographer with the UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology in Davis, California took this wonderful beeyard photo of Billy Synk, staff research associate and manager of the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research facility. He joined the Bee Biology program in May of 2012.





January 2014 Cover

Kathy Taylor of KT’s Orchard and Apiary in Canton, NC sent this wonderful apiary snow scene photo. Besides her beekeeping, Kathy sells equipment, spring nucs and is very active in her local Haywood County Beekeeping Association.




December 2013 Cover

Kathy Taylor of KT’s Orchard and Apiary in Canton, NC sent this wonderful apiary snow scene photo. Besides her beekeeping, Kathy sells equipment, spring nucs and is very active in her local Haywood County Beekeeping Association.




November 2013 Cover

This honey bee on a closed purple petunia symbolizes the end of the season for many beekeepers since most flowers in the northern half of the country have succumbed to the first frosts of winter. This excellent closeup photo was taken by Meghan Quintanilla from Eureka, CA




October 2013 Cover

Famous honey bee photographer Kathy Keatley Garvey from the University of California at Davis Dept. of Entomology took this wonderful bee beard photo of visiting bee scientist Jakub Gabka of Poland who was at the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr., Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis during the summer of 2012. Susan Cobey helped prepare the bee beard.





September 2013 Cover

Another beautiful painting by Marie App of Ogdenburg, Wis. Marie calls this one “Honey Bee Haven”. To purchase this print or others in Marie’s collection, contact her at marieapp@hotmail.com 12” x 22” print is $45 (includes continental U.S. shipping and tax).





August 2013 Cover

Two honey bees on yellow/mauve bearded iris. This beautiful photo was submitted by Roger Ledbetter who lives in Washington state.






July 2013 Cover

Patriotic beehives in honor of July 4th. Photo by Dave Schiefelbein, Seattle, WA.






June 2013 Cover

This month’s cover combines history and nostalgia with beekeepers. Artist Marie App of Ogdenburg, Wis., calls it “Hives and Smokers, Trims and Shaves”. For more information see Letters to the Editor, page 573.





May 2013 Cover

Corky Luster's rooftop apiary on top of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, WA. Read Dave Schiefelbein's article in this month's Journal entitled "Urban Seattle Beekeeper Develops a Successful Business Niche."




April 2013 Cover

Melinda Nishimori was kind enough to send us this wonderful swarm photo she took near Santa Maria, CA. Although swarm season comes at different times as one progresses north, it heralds the beginning of a busy but fun time for many beekeepers across the country.




March 2013 Cover

Dr. Zachary Huang, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University, has sent us several wonderful spring flower honey bee foraging photographs.  The honey bee on our March cover is working a scilla or squill (Scilla siberica) flower which blooms in the early spring. There are between 50 and 80 species of this early blooming herb.




February Cover

 Maine resident Stan Brown has been a beekeeper for 81 years. Read Cecil Hicks' fascinating article on Stan beginning on page 151. Stan and his apiary partner, Karen Thurlow-Kimball, sell bottled and comb honey in their bee shop located on Brown's Bee Farm.




January 2013 Cover

For January our cover honors Dadant & Sons, Inc. on their 150th Anniversary, 1863 - 2013. See their Anniversary Celebration agenda on pages 17 and 18. In addition, read the first two installments of their 150th Anniversary article series beginning on pages 37 and 39.





December 2012 Cover
ABJ Dec 2012 cover

Marie App of Ogdensburg, Wis., painted this special winter hive scene. She has painted and taught art for 30 years in high schools and colleges and enjoys doing a beekeeping scene from time to time. Marie says, “I am drawn to the art of beekeeping because of its importance in the agricultural arena.” Read Marie’s Letter to the Editor on page 1105.




November 2012 Cover

Our Honey Bee Biology columnist, Dr. Wyatt Mangum, is also a very talented and patient photographer, which has rewarded him with some unusual beekeeping photos. Read how he captured this photo of an unwanted winter hive guest beginning on page 1037.