Bees

Lightning talk slides
Pollinators 2: Electric Bee-galoo (post-winter, first harvest update)

Photo collections (most recent first)

These two bees (left: a worker, right: a drone) hung around licking honey off of my fingers. I could never have held bees like this a year ago!
A drone bee licks honey off of my fingers 
A worker bee licks honey off of my fingers

Death in Bee Paradise

posted Jul 25, 2017, 8:23 AM by Hillary Jeffrey   [ updated Jul 25, 2017, 8:24 AM ]

So, my colony has officially collapsed. The wax moths overwhelmed the colony's workers and ate all the brood the new queen laid. All the bees died of old age, except my new queen. I tried to catch her, but she flew off.

I'll be starting two colonies next year from packages so that I can bolster a weak hive from the stronger hive. I've also learned about easy to make wax moth traps to help deter them from the hives.

I'm taking the lessons learned over the last 15 months and incorporating them into my next hive design!

A queen bee against a plexiglass observation window

Post-Swarm Update

posted Jul 20, 2017, 7:08 AM by Hillary Jeffrey   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

I've learned a lot about managing the hive over this, its first year. I'm planning on having two hives starting next spring - either from two packages or adding one to my current hive. I'm not sure yet whether this hive will survive or not. After a swarm, the population declined enough that there was too much comb space for them to patrol and they experienced a severe wax moth infestation, right as the new queen came of age.

Pollinators

posted Aug 1, 2016, 9:20 AM by Hillary Jeffrey   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 9:13 AM ]

I've been a beekeeper since April 26, 2016 with a top bar hive in my back yard.

Pollinators https://goo.gl/Lbpxy8 
Pollinators 2: Electric Bee-galoo https://goo.gl/IcL3hp (post-winter, first harvest update)


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