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Bees

Bees

Bees work on a comb at Drange Apiary.

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New queen bees

New queen bees

New queen bees are kept in separate compartments with their attendants before being placed in new hives at Drange Apiary.

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Jerry Bromenshenk

Jerry Bromenshenk

Jerry Bromenshenk of the University of Montana teaches a beekeeping workshop to a group at Drange Apiary in 2013.

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Honey

Honey

Drange Apiary sells its honey at a few local retailers as well as the Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market.

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Bees look over a new starter honeycomb

Bees look over a new starter honeycomb

Bees look over a new starter honeycomb made of wax-covered plastic at Drange Apiary.

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Jerry Bromenshenk

Jerry Bromenshenk

Jerry Bromenshenk of the University of Montana teaches a beekeeping workshop at Drange Apiary in 2013.

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Andy Drange pullls a frame

Andy Drange pullls a frame

Andy Drange, of Drange Apiary, pulls a frame covered in bees from a hive.

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Drange Apiary sells beeswax

Drange Apiary sells beeswax

Drange Apiary sells beeswax, a byproduct of honey production.

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Andy Drange pullls a frame

Andy Drange pullls a frame

Andy Drange, of Drange Apiary, looks over a frame from a hive.

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Jerry Bromenshenk

Jerry Bromenshenk

Jerry Bromenshenk, of the University of Montana, teaches a beekeeping workshop at Drange Apiary in 2013.

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Bees

Bees

Bees work on a comb at Drange Apiary.

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'It's relaxing': Beekeeping sees renewed interest in Montana, nationally

'It's relaxing': Beekeeping sees renewed interest in Montana, nationally

Lonnie Larson gently sprayed smoke from a small metal can across a half-dozen rectangular wooden frames in a white wooden box, each frame crawling with hundreds of bees.

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Beekeeper Ehrin Stevens checks a beehive

Beekeeper Ehrin Stevens checks a beehive

Millions of bees owned by Drange Apiary of Laurel have traveled thousands of miles pollinating crops in California and Washington before returning to Montana for the honey making season. Here, beekeeper Ehrin Stevens checks over a hive in a bee yard between Billings and Laurel.

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Beekeepers Ehrin Stevens and Shawn Shifley check  beehives

Beekeepers Ehrin Stevens and Shawn Shifley check beehives

Beekeepers Ehrin Stevens, left, and Shawn Shifley, check beehives at a bee yard between Billings and Laurel. Beekeepers keep a close eye on hives to make sure the bees remain healthy.

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Beekeeper  Ehrin Stevens lights a bee smoker

Beekeeper Ehrin Stevens lights a bee smoker

Beekeeper Ehrin Stevens lights a bee smoker. The smoke is generated by burning burlap.

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Ehrin Stevens and Shawn Shifley check a beehives

Ehrin Stevens and Shawn Shifley check a beehives

Beekeepers Ehrin Stevens, left, and Shawn Shifley monitor  beehives. A message written in blue crayon at the lower left of the photo provides information on the hive's queen. 

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From the Editor: Beekeeper's quick action avoids YouTube moment

Sooner or later, any journalist who has ever wielded a pen and notepad gets an assignment that involves close interaction with an animal that can be cute, scary, cuddly, smelly and occasionally dangerous.

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A  bee with pollen packed on its legs

A bee with pollen packed on its legs

A bee with pollen packed on its legs at a beehive.

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