Monday, November 04, 2013
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013
I finally was able to spot one of our queens!
She's on the top of the comb beneath the cluster of bees on the upper frame.
The bees decided to fill the frame with honey. Okay then.
This one is a picture perfect arc of honey above capped brood.
The bees in the middle of this frame have already hatched.
Another nice frame.
Everything was going so well I split the hives back down to two
and added a new brood box above the stronger hive.
I put frames with queen cells in it and am hoping we get a third queen in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Jo called Tuesday to say that a longtime family friend, Mike (on the guitar), had been killed in a car accident early Tuesday morning. Death does come unexpectedly. Sometimes we get harsh reminders. My heart is with his parents, who will bury him on Saturday. I hope that they will be able to say good-bye and find a way to reinvent themselves, to move through this and on.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Our weak hive lost her queen and just couldn't get its act together.
Our strong hive, however, is doing a great job.
The white stuff along the top is capped honey.
The yellow-ish capped stuff in the middle is capped brood.
The cells that are uncapped and dark are pollen stores.
The cells that are uncapped with flecks of white are bee larvae.
Here's another frame from our strong hive.
We combined the two hives on Saturday to give the weak hive
a chance to build up and survive.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
It's a rainy day in the apiary and the bees aren't flying around too much,
so I decided to check the monitor boards we keep beneath the screened bottom boards
to see if the bees had cast off any varroa mites.
This is from the southern hive.
My untrained eyes didn't note any mites,
but I was fascinated to see the ridge patterns of cast off
something or another. The ridge pattern slightly above the midline
corresponds with approximately where we placed the queen.
There is another ridge pattern on the bottom edge of the board.
I can only surmise the bees are busy there, too.
We can't inspect inside the hive for a couple more weeks,
so I guess we'll find out then.
This is the monitor board from the northern hive.
Blogger insisted on flipping it.
Anyway, the heavy ridging seen on the southern hive isn't present.
There is somewhat of an accumulation of material on the left side
and also toward the right edge.
I also didn't notice any varroa mites on this board.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
This morning I took the entrance reducers off the hives.
The reducers help the bees keep strangers out until they
build up enough guard bees to protect the entrance,
but yesterday I noticed there was quite the line waiting to
come into the hive. Kind of like Whole Foods on opening day.
If you click on this picture you'll be able to see
I've circled a couple of bees carrying pollen in on the
baskets on their legs. Pollen is protein and it's
essential for the rearing of brood. I've given them pollen patties
inside the hive, but natural is better. Go bees!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The hives got smaller!
Last evening Gene and I removed the bottom hive bodies
that were holding the packages of bees.
The bees have now all left the packages and moved
upward to be with their queen on the frames of wax foundation.
This is the southern hive around 10:30 a.m.
The bees are becoming active,
coming in and out of the entrance.
The northern hive at the same time was a little busier today.
Yesterday the southern hive became active earlier.
The ladies let me get fairly close.
Today they're doing some orientation flights.
I hope Indiana suits them.