Sorry for the lack of activity. As we reach the end of the summer, I just wanted to add a short video to let you know I am still out there thriving and surviving 🥰
Here is some video of bees bearding. This is often confused with a “swarm”. The bees are trying to stay cool outside the hive. This is a new nuc that I have not moved to my box because I wanted them to get very strong.
Picked up some new nucs early this morning from the bee farm.
My current two hive fizzed out. In part due to size and I can see that there were some wax moths left from a previous year. Even though I inspected and froze my frames. They were persistent. Below is a collage of my new bees
I will keep you posted on my updates. This nuc is very strong. They couldn’t wait to get home. A few stragglers flew around my car on the ride back from Howard County.
Bee Safe! Michelle
It’s almost June and the hard work of the spring is paying off. Here are some shots of my pollinator-friendly plants.
I thought I would start sharing the progress of the garden as well as the bees.
The hive continues to live even though it’s small. The recent pollen should help them to grow over the next few weeks. I will keep posting…
This has been a challenging time. Went to visit a hive today and found less than 20 bees.
The recent rains has not helped this hive and I may have to pickup a new package. Thus, one of the plights of modern beekeeping is the constant cycle of issues.
Bee Safe! Michelle
Sorry for the radio silence on the site and lack of new posts! This winter has been busy.
The weird winter weather was not good for my bees. Sadly, I lost my last hive a few weeks ago so I am in a rebuilding mode.
This seasons post may focus more on my garden and pollinator friendly activities. I will still be a sources of support for new keepers but, I will probably curtail my number of hives.
Below are some shots of the winter aftermath.
Happy Bee Friday!
Watching the bees fly into the hive today on their pollen gathering journey, I realized that the statistic that can fly up to 15 mph is very accurate. These ladies were moving so fast that I could not capture their speed. The recent brisk spring temperatures have made move faster but today was another good sign the hive is doing well after 2 weeks and will be ready to move to a community garden site.
Bee back with you soon!