Category: beekeeper

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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“Are you a #beekeeper?” I get that question al…

“Are you a #beekeeper?”
I get that question all the time.
I ❤️ bees!
They don’t ❤️ me.
😒
I learned that I was allergic to bees when I accidentally stepped on one at a pool party.
It hurt and then other people told me my speech was weird.
A trip to the ER and some shots later…I had a new enemy!
But I love the little boogers. At the apiary I go to for wax they let the Queen out to fly around and have to find her before I get there. 😀
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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.)

@unikern83 Take pics and keep us updated! I&rs…

@unikern83 Take pics and keep us updated! I’d love to see these beebees~