Raising monarch butterflies takes special equipment and attention. Sanitized, outdoor habitats and testing for parasites can increase survival rates.
Attracting butterflies is about more than nectar. Include host plants that support every life stage, from egg to caterpillar to winged adult.
Bee hunting, finding and following wild honeybees, is a mix of excitement and mindful meditation that provides valuable insight into the lives of bees.
Top-bar hives have basic as well as optional components. Which ones you use—and how you use them—depends on your beekeeping goals and philosophy.