Category Archives: bees

Bee Line

What are my bees doing? I came out Monday morning to find this: Could this be the remnants of an overnight bee beard? It was super-duper hot the previous day (90F), still 82F when the bees retired, so maybe they … Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Bees

Old combs will be recycled
Old combs will be recycled

After the swarm moved into the hive we had ready for the new packaged bees, I had one day to scrounge a suitable replacement. Luckily we had the empty hive from the first die-off in 2014. But it needed some love. Continue reading

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Swarm!

Two days before our package arrived, a swarm moved into the hive!   Bees had been checking out the hive for weeks, but it looked like they were just robbing the remaining honey. I stopped thinking it was scouts looking … Continue reading

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Definitely Dead

The Carny hive, suspected of demise (and then a spark of hope), is now, finally, dead. Here is what I found: Of 23 top bars drawn out with comb, bars 13-19 were heavy with honey. Dead bees littered the floor … Continue reading

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