Category: Bee

The #power of #Bees!! #Honey #bee by #beesweet…

The #power of #Bees!! #Honey #bee by #beesweet (em Europe/Lisbon)

It was a leafcutter. Just judging by the pile …

It was a leafcutter. Just judging by the pile of nicely cut leaves under it and around it. Xp

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Good news: The natural swarm hive has eggs! I…

Good news: The natural swarm hive has eggs!

I took another quick look in to the swarm hive and actually took the time to brush some bees away closer to the middle of the combs. There were eggs!!! That means the queen is in there and happily laying away! That means that in a few weeks we are going to see a nice increase in their numbers~

Bad news: Gilder Down! Gilder has absconded a…

Bad news: Gilder Down!

Gilder has absconded and left behind nothing but ants and hive beetles. The beetles had rotted what little honey they had stored, and larva were crawling everywhere. I squished as many beetles as I could and burned what comb I could. The wax moths were everywhere too. *sigh*

Good news and bad news posted to queue for tom…

Good news and bad news posted to queue for tomorrow because I won’t be on all day.
One kinda makes up for the other so it won’t be toooooooo bad but still.

Do you like tomatoes? Well don’t go &ldq…

Do you like tomatoes? Well don’t go “thank the honeybees” on this one. While tomatoes are pollinated by strong wind sometimes, it is actually mainly bumblebees that pollinate them! Especially in greenhouses. Other bees that can chew through the flowers can pollinate them, like sweat bees, but it is typically bumblebees because their big strong wings can vibrate the pollen free of the flowers when other bees’ wings are just too weak.
This applies to many yummy plant foods all across the world too! Not just with bumblebees but with other wasps and solitary bees! So next time you are thinking about “save the bees” remember that it’s not just about the honey kind of bee, but ALL the lovely little buzzy bees out there!~

The big natural swarm in the top bar hive has …

The big natural swarm in the top bar hive has built out a crazy amount of comb in the week(?) that they’ve been in there. I tried to take some quick pictures of the comb to look for eggs but saw none. If someone else manages to spot one please tell me because I want to make sure that the queen in there is laying. There’s so much comb she has to be.

Cracked open the big extraction bees today. St…

Cracked open the big extraction bees today. Still haven’t come up with a name though. It’s gonna be something along the lines of “perfect beautiful builders” because they are the ugliest builders in the bee yard. Xp

They are a really big colony and have sprung back several times from my cross-comb cutting every extraction. They are starting to learn that connecting frames leads to a mess and are just building little comb hearts now, so that’s a small step in the right direction.
I was trying to make some queens off of them but they aren’t cooperating and just smoothed over the egg comb that I placed in there. I’ll just wait for them to complete a worker brood cycle so that I can get a full strip of eggs instead of just a few little patches next time.

I also made some nifty little queen cell protectors to just push on to the queen cells. It’ll give the baby queen enough room to get out of the cell, but protect her from the current queen so that I can take her and put her in a queenless colony. (of which I have two now for some reason.)

foxthebeekeeper: foxthebeekeeper: One day, t…

foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

One day, two swarms.

It looks to me like there is a swarm actively moving in to a bait box I’ve had up for ages. Just a single deep with no frames that I’m gonna have to frame up later.

A second swarm is landing on the leg of an uninhabited top bar hive as well.

It’s absolutely mind blowing to see this happening.

It’s slowly getting bigger and bigger I can’t wait to see how big it gets!!

Thar she buzzes!

Here’s the brightly colored queen from the little swarm. It’s another swarm about the size of pineapple which is sad. There’s some poor tiny colony out there throwing swarms every month and they are so so small…

But I set my little bait nuc in front of them with some frames and they started walking right in. (after I picked up the queen and plopped her down in there.)