Mysterious search terms used to find a beekeeping blog

Inspired by this amusing post on Steven Schwartzman’s ‘Portraits of Wildflowers’ photography blog, I thought I’d take a look at some of the more unusual search terms people used to find my blog in 2012.

‘woodlice droppings’ – 16 times

Urgh. I have failed to find any photos of woodlice droppings on my blog to keep these people happy. My internet research suggests that woodlice droppings are about 1mm in width and look like black dust particles.

‘what do woodlice look like’ – 4 times

Really? This is a bee blog! Oh well, if you insist:

woodlice photo

do woodlice lay eggs – 1 time

Yes. A female woodlouse will keep fertlilised eggs on the underside of her body until they hatch into small, white offspring. That’s enough about woodlice now.

‘squashed bee’ – 12 times

Oh dear. I’m not very optimistic for this bee. Here’s one I’m afraid I accidentally squashed and is long since deceased.

Squashed bee dragging sting

ouch! that bee just stung me! – 2 times

Ouch indeed.

‘what do hives look like on adults’ – 6 times

Wrong type of hives.

‘what causes hives under the armpits’ – 2 times

Not bees.

‘hand feeding carrot’ – 3 times

Like this? Bulls love tasty crunchy carrots!

Bull eating carrots

Like this?

 ‘hunny from bees’ – 3 times

Mmm my favourite hunny.


‘british beekeepers beware sign’ – 2 times

A sign to deter British beekeepers or a sign to warn others that British beekeepers may be present?

‘honey dripping on body’ – 2 times

Think they wanted a different kind of blog!

‘average monthly rainfall and temperature ealing’ – 2 times

In 2012, lots and flipping cold.

‘jon and sarah pie and mash wedding’ – 1 time


‘bee pic taken by me ;)’ – 1 time

Try looking on your own computer? 😉 I did and here’s one I took earlier.

Honey bee on thistle

Honey bee on thistle

About Emily Scott

I am a UK beekeeper who has recently moved from London to windswept, wet Cornwall. I first started keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary in 2008, when I created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully! - future successes.
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43 Responses to Mysterious search terms used to find a beekeeping blog

  1. Alex Jones says:

    I never knew bees and woodlice have so much in common.


  2. Brilliant! Something to make us think about, or not, perhaps.


  3. anniesbees1 says:

    You wouldn’t believe how many folks have stumbled upon my blog after searching for the term “bee porn.” : P


  4. Anna says:

    What a fun post Emily. I’ve thought of doing something like this as well, the search terms are quite bizarre at times! Some of them make me wonder “What on earth led you to my blog??”
    I hope 2013 is a more successful year for you on the honey-production side.


  5. I’m glad I inspired you to write about the search terms that led people to your blog; it seems we all get our share of strange hits. You’ll have to see what you can come up with in 2013 to accommodate the people who were looking for ‘‘jon and sarah pie and mash wedding’ and ‘honey dripping on body’.


    • Emily Heath says:

      Yes. I could probably get some shots of bees licking up honey drizzled on their bodies. As it happens I’m currently planning my own wedding, so perhaps I will look into this pie and mash idea of Jon and Sarah’s.


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  7. I love this! I have been doing the same recently and found some unusual search terms for my blog including: ‘bee face’, ‘bees chasing someone into water’, ‘beekeepers babies’, ‘name five things the bees do’, ‘apis mellifera rheumatism [sic]’ and ‘i had a dream a spider monkey climed on me’!


    • Emily Heath says:

      Very odd! Five things the bees do – let’s see – stick up their hive parts with propolis, make holes in their comb, munch away at fondant, find their way up Pat’s trousers and generally misbehave 🙂


  8. hencorner says:

    I continue to get people finding me when looking for Fire Pits, now I do have a fire pit, and it’s a very nice one, but not the main content of my blog.

    However, if you are looking for a good layer, covered in honey, chicks, cocks, deep bedding, queens and sexing tips, I could definitely help you… I’m talking chickens and bees of course!


    • Emily Heath says:

      A fire pit! Fabulous. Do you toast marshmallows on sticks over it?

      That sort of talk will definitely keep the Ealing beginner beekeepers awake during your ‘First year of beekeeping’ advice!


  9. Teehee, this is so much fun! I’ve gotten some weird ones as well. 😉


  10. One of my favorite posts of all times!!



  11. Hilarious. You wonder what people think when they link and see the blog they are connected to.


  12. This post made me laugh — wood lice? pie and mash wedding? Wha?! And I love the list of five things that bees do. 🙂 The weirdest search term on my blog has been “orumcek” (a few diacritical markings missing there) which turns out to mean “spider” in Turkish. (I do have a bit of spider stuff on the blog, but the word really had me stumped for quite a while.)


  13. What a delightful idea for a post! We shall steal it.


  14. Enjoyed this, Emily. It prompted me to do a search of my own searches. Disappointingly mostly within the broad scope of the wildlife subject matter, nothing even slightly risqué… but, wait a minute, what’s this? Six (6) hits for “decomposing human bodies”! That’s way way off piste, and not in a nice way…


  15. beatingthebounds says:

    It seems you have us all examining our own search engine terms, some make sense, but many don’t: ‘Snow Cut Flounder’, ‘Shuffle Castle’, ‘Dalton Pacer Test Blue Ridge’?. Most people seem to arrive at my blog looking for photos of caterpillars or info about Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, so probably end up disappointed. In retrospect, including the word ‘beating’ in the title of the blog, and frequently referring to cute birds from a certain family means that my blog probably has more then its fair share of unsavory visitors……


    • Emily Heath says:

      ‘Snow Cut Flounder’ and ‘Shuffle Castle’ sound like they could be types of dances. Perhaps the unsavoury visitors will get distracted and turn to a life of nature watching instead.


  16. daveloveless says:

    Ah… thanks for the smile on a bitterly cold Monday morning! 🙂


  17. aztechalo says:

    I LOVE seeing what people have been searching to find my blog! It’s one of the things my husband and I laugh about at the end of the day. Your comentary is especially brilliant. You appear to get more random things than I do. At least when I get “two sheep walk into a bar” I can relate that to an actual post. Or as of late, I have some traffic from “what do Dutch Shepherd eat?” to which I would answer: an entire wheel of homemade cheese covered in cat litter.

    Happy New Year. I look forward to your next blog.



  18. Hilarious. I often am amazed when I spot strange search terms. Do you think that creators of search engines might just be messin’ with our minds?


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