Florin is still holding strong. They look like they’re growing a lot. Hopefully they will be able to find enough honey during the fall for them to get through winter. I don’t doubt they will, but it’s been really dry for a while now.
The yellows are just after the cast-outs of the natural hive it seems. They aren’t trying to get in; they’re just picking up the dead bees on the ground around the hive that are thrown out by the bees inside.
The yellow jackets are back.
It looks like the combination of yellowjackets and hive beetles has caused the crawl space hive to abscond. There are also a crazy number of yellow jackets interested in the ground just in front of the natural hive. They don’t seem to be flying in to it, just landing on the ground in front of it. I cleared away all the leaves and plants around the area but found nothing of interest. There’s gotta be a huge nest nearby, and I need to find it.
The yellow jackets don’t seem to be very interested in my traps either. I’m killing several, but I’m getting more flies than yellow jackets.
A healthy beekeeping industry is important to a healthy agricultural economy
So if you do get stung by a bee, you just gotta stay calm, take a deep breath, then take out the stinger and get baking soda and a bit of water and rub it on, adding honey will also help cause it helps with swelling, pain and even itching, so just remeber to be safe.
I actually keep a little vial of honey on me at all times to put it on stings/scrapes/cuts/etc because it’s so good for them. It also cleans a fresh wound and helps prevent infection.
It appears as though the natural hive has swarmed. There’s no more visible honey at the top and the numbers have been drastically reduced. I really hope they’re able to build back up before winter because it’s really late.
Once I have some time I’m gonna do something.
Not sure what but it’s gonna be something