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Honey

Beekeeping

Beekeeping

Commercial beekeeper Andy Drange and hobbyist Lonnie Larson work their hives in Yellowstone County.

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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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Lonnie Larson applies smoke

Lonnie Larson applies smoke

Top photo, beekeeper Lonnie Larson applies smoke to a beehive to calm the bees before opening the hive. Main photo, Larson inserts a frame into a new hive. The Huntley man owns and maintains six hives on a friend’s property east of Billings.

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Lonnie Larson inserts a frame

Lonnie Larson inserts a frame

Beekeeper Lonnie Larson inserts a frame into a new beehive. The Huntley man, who is president of the Yellowstone Valley Beekeepers Association, owns and maintains six hives on a friend’s property east of Billings.

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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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Lonnie Larson prepares a new beehive

Lonnie Larson prepares a new beehive

Lonnie Larson prepares a new beehive as he splits his hives.

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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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Two bees

Two bees

Two bees work on one of Lonnie Larson’s beehives south of Billings.

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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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Two young bees

Two young bees

Two young bees eat their way out of the brood chamber in one of Lonnie Larson’s beehives south of Billings.

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Queen bee

Queen bee

Worker and attendant bees surround a queen, identified by her longer abdomen, on one of Lonnie Larson’s hives.

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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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Lonnie Larson examines a frame

Lonnie Larson examines a frame

Larson examines a frame from a beehive to find the queen.

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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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Lonnie Larson prepares his smoker

Lonnie Larson prepares his smoker

Larson prepares his smoker as he splits his hives.

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Bees

Bees

Bees work on a comb at Drange Apiary.

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