Bee-hind the scene look!

Honey Barrel has grown from a love of all things "Honey Bee"


At Honey Barrel my main goal is to educate people about honey bees. I would love if schools would change from teaching about the mating of carabo and their migration, to something a lot closer to home, and in my opinion a lot more relevant. Here is one video that shows something new and shows how science, agriculture and nature all work together to help beekeepers select traits we need. such as hygienic behavior, gentleness or high honey production.


I started beekeeping at the age of 15 as a FFA project, at Waverly High School, in Nebraska. I needed a project, other than the farm animals I already had, since all my other animals were already signed up as 4-H projects. It was a bit of a stretch at the time since I didn't know a lot about honey bees, but I was able to get my bees in as my "fruit and vegetable" project. I soon learned just how right on the money I was with that one. I have since been back and forth with raising honey bees over the years as I moved in or out of citys that would not allow them. I have seen how easy it used to be to raise bees, and I have seen the changes over the years as more pressure is put on honey bees with new pesticides, mites, and new diseases that have entered into the United States.


honey barrel owner Dane Gerdes
Dane Gerdes


I'm a Beekeeper, also known as an apiarists. I manage and maintain colonies of honey bees. My primary duty is to keep hives healthy and productive so that they can yield honey, wax and new bees. As the owner of Honey Barrel I hope you enjoy this web site and check out my other pages.  Drop me a note if you have questions, I love talking about my honey bees. And of course I don't always dress this good.  




Honey Barrel Workers.  A photograph of a honey bee.
Italian honey bee

Honey Barrels worker

Italian Honey Bee Apis mellifera ligustica which is a subspecies of the western honey bee.

Workers are the smallest bees in a hive, but they have the largest numbers. a hive can have from 20,000 to 100,000 workers. The worker bees are all female and do all the work. taking care of brood, cleaning, attending the queen, defending the hive, and finally collecting pollen and nectar. What a work force!

One Honey bee we don't talk a lot about is the male, called a drone. Larger than a worker bee, the male honey bees have no stinger and do no work at all. All they do is wait for a chance to mate with a virgin queen, and in doing so the male bee dies.