Beekeepers are happy to collect swarms. We have an extensive swarm list of beekeepers in southwestern Ontario that collect honey bee swarms or remove bees from walls, attics, etc. If you're not sure if you have bees or another insect see our swarm collection page for identifying photos. We also have info about swarms --don't be afraid, they're house hunting.
Welcome to the Bee Magic website.
We enjoy sharing our experiences and what we know about bees. Feel free to browse through these pages to learn more about honey bees, gardening for bees and pollinators and what you can do to help. Are you a teacher looking for lesson plans? If so, there are lesson plans posted as well as activities for children.
Are you thinking about starting a business or hobby in beekeeping? If so, take a look at our Beekeepers link for information to help you get started.
Have you just discovered a swarm of bees in your yard or attic? See the Swarms Explained page for a description of different types of bees. This will help to identify what insect you're dealing with. See the Swarm Collectors page for a list of beekeepers in Ontario who will remove bees or collect swarms.
We're so glad that you care enough about bees to be interested in finding out about them. There's a lot that we can do to help them.
In 2009, Barb and her dad, Lorne, officially became beekeepers starting with two hives. Originally Barb was going to go solo with beekeeping but two weeks prior to getting her first two hives she broke her arm. With no lifting allowed, her Dad stepped in and said he'd help. And he stayed even after getting stung.
Lorne passed away in 2020 and will always be missed by his family.
Barb is a certified Esthetician (graduated from Fanshawe College, London ON). She enjoys using her knowledge of skin care to develop body products such as creams, salves, body butter and soap that use beeswax and honey. She loves wild foraging healing plants known to be excellent for skin care and incorporating them into her products. It reminds her of gathering rose petals as a child and making rose water.
Barb started researching honey bees in 2008 and is also working on a children's novel about honey bees called Bee Magic Chronicles.
You can read about her adventures and misadventures with the bees on The Bee Journal blog. A second blog that's specifically geared to children is Bee Magic Chronicles for Kids. This is where you can learn about mummified and zombie bees and all the amazing things that bees can do.
Thanks for dropping by!