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For those of you who live within fifty miles of Lone Star Farms, take advantage of "Lone Star Farms Apiary Inspection Service." Contact Dennis for details.

Happy Easter to all of you from "Lone Star Farms."


For Sale

2017 Marked Russian Queens-$38.00 each. Five deep frame nuc with laying 2017 Russian queen-$255.00 plus a $25 refundable nuc box deposit.

To receive the nuc box deposit, my original nuc box must be returned clean and within 90 days to 2438 Tangley St. Houston, TX 77005. 

There are many variables in raising bees and they are all in God's hands.  Queens and nucs will be ready when they are ready so please don't nag me on dates.  I do the best I can to provide a product I would want in my yard.  I will advise you when the bees are available.  Tentative timeline is after the Yaupon bloom and before the Tallow bloom. 

Queens and nucs are pick up only and the pick up locations are in Waller, Houston or Galveston, Texas. Full payment required for queen bookings. Nuc bookings require an $85.00 non-refundable deposit that will be applied toward the total nuc purchase price. Make checks payable to E.C. Kouzounis 2438 Tangley St. Houston, TX 77005. If you are interested or need further information, please email me at Kouzounis.


Bee Talk

What color do the bees see when we see a color?

We see                             Bees see                            In sunlight  (UV rays)

Red                                    Black                                  Purple

Orange                              Yellow/Green                   Same

Yellow                                Yellow/Green                  Purple

Green                                 Green                                Same

Blue                                    Blue                                   Violet

Violet                                 Blue                                   Blue

White                                 Blue/Green                      Same

Black                                   Black                                 Same


Fruit Pollen Color

Apple–––––––––-–––––––––Transparent, Greenish-Yellow

Blackberry–––––––-–––––––Transparent, Whitish

Loganberry––––––––-–––––Transparent, Whitish

Pear––––––––––––––––––––Transparent, Yellowish-Green

Raspberry–––––––––––––––Transparent, Greenish-White

Flowering Shrubs

Berberis Stenophylla–––-––Yellow

Broom –––––––––––––––––Yellow

Buddleia Globosa––––––––Transparent, Whitish

Buddleia Alternifolia––––– Transparent, Whitish

Hawthorn –––––––––––––– Yellow

Ivy–––––––––––––––––––––Transparent, pale Yellowish- Green

Wild Clematis –––––-––––– Pale Yellowish-Green

Garden Flowers

Aster–––––––––––––––––– Amber Yellow

Forget-Me-Not–––––––––– Transparent, Light Bluish-Green

Golden Rod –––––––––––– Golden Yellow


Lupine–––––––––––––––– Bright Yellow

Mignonette–––––––––––– Transparent, Yellow-Fawn                                                                                                                                            

Poppy, Iceland––––––––––Golden Yellow

Poppy, Oriental–––––––––Bluish Purple

Poppy, Shirley––––––-––––Yellow


Salvia Virgata–––––––––––Transparent, Very Pale Green

Wild Flowers

Blue Bell–––––––––––––––Pale Yellowish-Green

Charlock (wild mustard)––Pale Yellowish-Green

Clover (red and white)-––-Transparent, Greenish-Yellow

Dandelion––––––––––––––Yellow Amber


Poppy (red field poppy)––Bright Yellowish-Green

Ragwort–––––––––-––––––Golden Yellow

Rose-Bay Willow-Herb–––-Saxe-Blue

Sainfoin–––––––––-––––––Bright Yellow

Thistle––––––––––––––––Transparent, White

Vegetables, Etc.

Leek–––––––––––––––––––Transparent, Very Pale Green

Mint–––––––––––––––––––Transparent, Very Pale Yellow

Kidney Bean–––––––-–––––Transparent, Very Pale Yellow

Thyme–––––––––––––––––Very Pale Green


Queen mark colors based on year-ending numbers. If your queen does not have the proper color marking according to this chart, you could have received an old queen instead of a new one.

0 or 5---Blue

1 or 6---White

2 or 7---Yellow

3 0r 8---Red

4 or 9---Green


Hi Dennis,

My husband and I have been beekeepers now for three years. We are currently down to four hives. Last fall one of our hives went queen-less and we had to stack it on one of our other hives. It was too late in the year to purchase another queen. We really wanted to get through the winter with five hives so we could make some nice splits in the spring to increase our hive count.

How can we avoid this problem in the future? I’m sure we will run into this situation again at some point. Thanks for helping us once again; we appreciate having you there when we have problems.

Susan Ferguson 

Hello Susan,

You’re welcome. You’ve experienced a situation that all beekeepers will run into sooner or later if they stay in beekeeping very long. There’s actually a real simple solution to the problem. I like to refer to it as a “Utility Hive.” It’s nothing more than a nuc hive.

You should always keep a utility-hive in the bee yard. Depending on how many hives you hive, you may need to keep more than one available.

A utility-hive has many uses in the bee yard.

.   If you have a hive that has lost its queen, you can use the queen from the utility-hive.

.   If you have a hive that needs a boost in population, you can remove sealed brood from the utility-hive.

.   If you need some foundation drawn out, you can have the utility hive do it.

.   If you have a hive that has a bad queen, you can kill her and unite the utility-hive with it.

.   If you just need to increase hive numbers, you can let the utility-hive grow into a full size colony.

I’ve always kept utility-hives available in all my bee yards. They are so versatile and have saved me lots of unnecessary grief over the years.

Sometimes what seems to be a huge problem in the bee yard can be solved using the simplest method. I’ve been a beekeeper since 1964 and I’m still learning. Beekeeping is one of those endeavors that no matter how long you are in it, you can never learn it all. That’s one of the most fascinating things about it for me.

“A day of work in the bee yard gives us the strength to bear the hectic parts of life in the real world.”

Dennis Brown



The swarm I caught is still in the new hive box. They have gone through 2 jars of feed in the last 3 days and are coming and going at the entrance. They seem happy.  I will open the hive next week and check for brood.  Yipppeeeee! Last week’s class sure prepared me for this adventure.  Much appreciated. Nini


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