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foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

I just don’t understand

The bees are organizing somewhat, and the ants have turned to the bees on the ground.

It appears as though Florin had a rather serious nosema problem. That may explain the lethargic nature I’ve been seeing from them lately. Not sure what to do about that though.

Time to hit the books again! You can never stop learning.

Well it seems that now any action is futile, as Florin as a whole has left. The remaining bees cannot fly and are slowly dying off below, and the signs of a nosema outbreak are crystal clear. It took a hard rain and three days to knock out my strongest hive…

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foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

I just don’t understand

The bees are organizing somewhat, and the ants have turned to the bees on the ground.

It appears as though Florin had a rather serious nosema problem. That may explain the lethargic nature I’ve been seeing from them lately. Not sure what to do about that though.

Time to hit the books again! You can never stop learning.

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Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Hoje tivemos a visita de alguém muito especial…

Hoje tivemos a visita de alguém muito especial, a nossa amiga Fátima Apicultora. Ela trouxe-nos uma colmeia verdadeira, com abelhas vivas e tudo!
E tu, sabes como proteger as abelhas?

Today, we had the visit of someone very special, our friend Fátima Beekeeper. She brought us a real beehive, with live bees and everything!
And you, do you know how to protect the bees?

#beesweet #morethanhoney #beehive #bees #ecology #beekeeper #ecofriendly
#ecosystem

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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.

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Apparently a good few bees didn’t get the memo. I hope they find their way to their new home across the yard…

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So I officially moved Easter Hiveland to the bee area last night. I also moved them from their double deep 8-frame (total of 10 inhabited frames) in to a single deep 10-frame. This should allow them to better control pests and heat. My only task now is making sure they don’t swarm out before winter hits. They still are only about 6 frames worth of bees, but this colony has shown their potential for growth quite effectively over the past months.

I set an old nuc in the old location to hopefully capture any foragers that return to the old location. That way I can dump them back in the primary colony and have an empty trap set in the old location for when spring hits. ^^