The drone lives until he is of no ‘service’ to the queen – then he is dragged out of the hive to fend for himself – and as he does not know how to find food or care for himself, he dies. The Queen can actually live as long as 5-7years but in today’s commercial world she is replaced every year. The Queen lays as many as 1,500 – 3,000 eggs a day. A new queen is introduced and as only one queen can ‘rule’ the option is for the old one to either leave the hive, or fight it out with the new arrival. The queen’s stinger is only reserved for another queen. Some beekeepers simply ‘remove’ her. We prefer to give her her choice – naturally.
How many bees to a box?
The box is called a hive.
The colony – a thriving one – should have from 30,000
to 80,000 bees.
Remember the turnover within the colony, the community, is
constant – every
What gender are bees?
The worker and soldiers are all females.
The foragers and pollinators are female.
The nursers and wax builders are female.
The drones are male and exist only to ‘serve’ the
The queen’s sole purpose is to produce. She is female.
The hive is basically all ladies.
How many queens to a hive?
One – and if there are more there is battle to the end until ONE
Though the other day I saw something most extraordinary – two
queens on a single frame with their own entourages surrounding
them, each cohabitating with the other in harmony!!! Incredible!!!
If I boil honey long enough will it become wax?
No – you will simply kill all the good aspects inherent IN honey.
And vice a versa – you can not squeeze a chunk of wax to
How do you ‘make’ the honey
in the kitchen?
Actually I /WE DO NOT MAKE the honey. The bees make the honey.
How does the bee make the honey?
The worker bee goes out to forage/collect nectar from
the plants. She then brings it back to the hive in in her second stomach sack – it is simply a pouch for holding - where the nectar is given
a special enzyme by that worker. The newly created combo (honey) is then
injected into the comb cell by the bee and when the cell is filled that individual
cell will be capped with a thin layer of wax to seal in the honey. The honey is only sealed when the bee knows it is ready. We do not ‘take honey off’ before the cap is sealed (some beekeepers do). We wait for at least 85%-90% seal as the honey then is ready.
How do I get the honey out of the jar?
Try a fork, a knife, or a spoon and give it a little
twist – dip
and twist and should any drops stick to the side simply wipe them off so as
not to attract ants. The twist is an art and a fun one to master.
Do you flavor your honey?
NO. the flavors comes from the flowers as every flower
has its own taste – hence the avocado flower is the prelude
to the fruit itself – avocado honey does not taste like
the fruit as it has come before; the buckwheat, alfalfa, wildflower
all have their own distinct flavor which comes from the flower
Should I refrigerator the honey?
NO – NEVER. Simply keep it on a shelf, not to be forgotten hence
to be used. Should the honey ever crystallize (a natural inherent quality of
some honey) then simply place the container in a pot of WARM water which will
soften the crystals and bring the honey back to its original state at time
of purchase. Crystallized honey is sometimes preferred – a bit
of grit is fun sometimes.
How do your bees know which flower to go to?
We situate the hives in areas with flowers whose flavors
we want and when the honey comes in (the bees make their honey)
we take most of it off (always leaving them some) and start
the process all over again. If we are lucky and the conditions
have been good we might get two or maybe three ‘take offs’ of
honey. When the flower stops blooming we simply move the bees to another
location. Hence we are known to be migratory beekeepers. Like nomads in the
desert, always on the move, looking for the next flower.
Comments & Testimonials
Please send any comments or testimonials
Frequently Asked Questions
Subject: FACEBOOK COMMENT
Charity wrote: "I used this recipe, with Klausesbees wax and really liked it. It only takes a tiny amount to make your skin really smooth."
Subject: BOOK and HONEY
Your story is one I enjoyed telling. And your honey has been the best thing ever!!
Iíve shared it with as many people as I can and they canít believe the wonderful taste.
Thanks for caring for the bees and sharing their reward with all of us.
Subject: MAIL-ORDER HONEY
I am looking forward to receiving the honey, and thanks soooo much for the sticks you have included. Since I gave my father in law a taste of your honey some 2 years ago, he has refused all other brands! So now, every time someone goes back to the Philippines, first on the list of things to bring is KLAUSESBEES HONEY!!!!!
I received a bottle of your honey has a gift -- it is magnificent!†
I would like to purchase more... Thank you!
Subject: LOCAL RAW HONEY
I'm in the San Gabriel Valley and would like raw local honey for my patients. Where is your honey collected from?
Dr. Brad Miller www.millerfamilycare.com
KB Response: I trust our reply has helped you with your search for raw local honey - our's is from the Angeles Crest - your back door - feel free to check out our site - www.klausesbees.com/FOTO to actually see the areas - or check our FOOD AND HEALTH segment as well.
Thank you again for your query. Come by one of our markets - Monrovia friday night 5-9:30pm would probably be your closest - we are UNDER THE RED TENT at the corner of Walnut and Myrtle, Old Town.
Dr. Miller Response: I steered patients to your booth at the Monrovia street fair and they were happy with their purchases. We still intend to purchase and keep some on hand but have been in the middle of a house move which has kept us from thinking about much else.
This is by far the BEST tasting honey I have ever had. I'm making my granola tonight as a matter of fact and using your honey. Nothing else would make it taste as good. NOTHING. Love seeing you at the street fair in Monrovia.
Subject: WOOLY BLUE CURL
Thank you so much for your dedicatation to such a wonderful product.
We purchased the 12oz jar of the Woody Blue Curl last night at the Monrovia Farmers Market and my family is in love with it,
We'll see you next week so we can purchase a larger container.
Marvin Chang and Family
I LOVE your website! I LOVE how passionate you all seem about your
bees and honey. I was so excited when I read the list of Honey and
Cinnamon cures and ventured to find more on the subject.
I am for sure going to come by your stands soon. Can't wait to
purchase your product!
Subject: Hello (An E-mail from Japan Earthquake Victim)
Hello. My name is Kimiko Yano, Japanese.
I bought some honey your shop last November at downtown in L.A.
You know, We had huge earthquake.
Unfortunately my home town Miyagi has damaged seriously.
After earthquake, I spent home alone without water and electricity.
Obviously, I didn't have enough food.
Meanwhile, my soul was healed your sweet honey.
I guess it's not easy recovery like we used to.
Anyway I'd like to tell you "Thank you"
If our mind is relax, we will go to L.A. again, and I'd like to see you.
Please keep your mind about me.
I'm not generally inclined to write fan letters, but a couple months ago I bought some of your sage honey at the Thursday night Hollywood Farmer's Market - and it really is a marvelous product!
I don't even like honey very much, in fact, but I find myself scooping up teaspoons of your sage, daily.
I'll be back to buy more, and I'll try different flavors too - but until then, I do want you to know how much I (well, we) appreciate your creating something so wonderful.
The honey tastes great and it is helping me greatly for my allergies, it is better than Claritin in the natural way
Thanks so much,
Subject: Thank you for the beeswax
What great timing – I just made some lip balm yesterday with your wax, and it came out wonderfully. The wax has such a lovely scent – when it was melted, it smelled so heavenly I kept thinking about making candles! I’ll definitely be back for more wax and honey.
Thank you again!
I did check out Klausesbees.
I must admit as a result of you I am paying much greater attention to bees & the problems that bees & beekeepers are faced with.
Through your art I've been getting quite an education. I thank you for that.
Subject: Your video
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the video interview on your website. Very informative and interesting! I will be ordering some products from you in the future. Merry Christmas, and Happy 2010, hope it is a very prosperous year for your business.
Subject: Thank you
Thank you so much for the information. My husband came by your La Canada Farmer's Market location about 2 weeks ago. He purchased 7 jars of local honey that I gave as door prizes at a heart health workshop I was involved with. I am so glad you are in business and hope that you continue for many years. And thank you for the honey sticks that you gave him!!
Karen P., La Canada
Subject: Google Search
I have heard through the GOOGLE web search that you and Klaus are quite the popular ones in the Farmer's Market. A girl scout troop visited your site and spoke very highly of your booth and of course you and Klaus were well acknowledged.
Susie/Bennet Honey Farm
We were chatting at the farmerís market at Yamashiro Thursday...... Sorry I couldnít buy any honey from you but I didnít have enough cash with me that day. Hope to come back next time and get some. It was superb.
Subject: Avocado Honey
Erika and Klaus,
The avocado honey I bought from you at the Monrovia market on Friday night is wonderful! I've been having it in my tea every night before I go to bed. I love strong flavors, so this one is just perfect for me. It was nice to see you again, Klaus! (Erika is lovely)
See you soon.
Subject: Avocado Honey
Received the honey this evening. Already tried some with croissants and it is incredible! My first time eating avocado honey. Thank you and now I know where to turn when I need another order of avocado honey.
Subject: Klausesbees Honey
Yes, I'm very happy with the honey!
Thank you very much...I will order from you again!
-Jim K. (comcast.net)
Subject: Klausesbees Honey
Best honey I every had, honey!! Thanks so much Erika, for
the sweetness of
Paul Sladkus - Goodnewsbroadcast.com in New York City.
Subject: Your Fabulous Honey
Hi Erika & Klaus (and a buzz-buzz to the
Loving the wildflower honey! Use it every morning in
my chamomile tea. I have severe allergy/sinus problems
and I have to say, since making this honey a regular part
of my diet, I have noticed a slow but steady improvement
in my health! I'll probably be placing another order
for a couple of jars sometime in November. I also think
I'll try some of the honey soap bars next time too!
Paula of Pico Rivera
Subject: Andy Rooney
Dear Mr. Koepfli,
On behalf of Andy Rooney I would like to thank you for the
three jars of delicious honey that we received yesterday...
Our morning tea has never
tasted so wonderful.
Associate Producer for Andy Rooney
Subject: your honey!
Hi, This is Sukhee, I received honey today and it's great!!
I would like to make an order for.........
Sukhee (Repeat customer.. victoria,
Subject: your honey!
I have received my order in perfect condition and already tried all the products.
Everything is excellent! (Note: You wrapped the honey jars in "the Pink
Sheet" the Financial Times! I really enjoyed looking at the pages. I use
to subscribe back in the 1980s.)
I found you via the links at the California Beekeepers
Association which I located via the National Honey Board.
I was specifically searching for locally grown, raw, honey.
The locally grown was very important to me because I am experimenting attempting
to get some relief from environmental allergies -- grasses, trees, pollen. I've
been very allergic my entire life. I've been through desensation injections years
ago with mixed results. Trying raw, locally grown honey was very recently suggested
to me by a coworker who is probably very tired of hearing me wheeze, cough, and
sneeze my way through every workday. She worked with someone years ago who had
a doctor suggest this as a solution to them and they received some relief. I
started using your products Thursday night, as soon as I unpacked them. Honestly,
it is subtle at the moment but I don't feel quite so congested. I am hopeful!
I am so glad I found you.
Thank you again,
- Karen Holley
Subject: your honey!
Hey there, I just wanted to drop you a line
and say that I love your honey! I have been using honey
in my morning coffee for years! My wife picked up a
bottle of your alfalfa honey during a visit to L.A. (or somewhere
in California?) and now I'm hooked!
Thanks for the wonderful liquid gold!
- antz yent wettig
Subject: Re: Klausesbees
I am certainly one of them. I could never eat honey
before....something about it that hurt my teeth. This honey
is different...perhaps because it is organic....don't know...but
I prefer it to any jam or jelly on the market. It is
a kin to the wonderful maple syrup that I used to eat in
Canada only different in flavor, a little thicker in consistency
and definitely more mellow. It makes a wonderful gift
any time of the year. And now, when I have a cold, I can
have my tea and honey without imagining that my teeth will
IT'S GOOD STUFF!!!!
Subject: Re: Your fabulous
The jar of honey that you generously gave to me is finally
gone. I ate most of it one spoonful at a time, straight
from the jar. It was some of the most wonderful honey
that I've ever had, and again I thank you very much for your
generosity. Each spoonful was like a yummy little hug
Thank you so much for the sage honey. It is
very good and I love eating the honeycomb (but I think the
alfalfa is sweeter)
Grace Rolek (Child Actress) Website:
Been meaning to let you know that I did pick
up a jar of your Wildflower honey in Toluca Lake at the Honey
Baked Ham place. Loved it. So flavorful!! A
little more expensive that the market ones, but so much thicker,
you don't have to use as much. Well worth the price
----and you may QUOTE me..
Just bought another jar of honey yesterday. --Hmmmm!
HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT THANKSGIVING. GOING BACK TO STORE
TOMORROW FOR MORE "HONEY" ---
Can't eat any other kind anymore.