Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Busy Bees

Busy Bees Need A Beehive


We've had a lot of rain in our area lately.  More than normal, causing some flooding in our local streets and leaving small pools of water in our clay laden backyard.

We did finally site the beehive on the other side of the tree where the slump block bees already live.  It's all nice and water tight from the linseed and beeswax paint job.  I still need to make the lemongrass tincture to entice them.

The bees look to be quite crowded, many of them outside the slump block hive washboarding.  I've been
trying to look out for drones, a sign that the food supply is getting thin and the bees conserving the hive supplies for the contributors.  I haven't seen any.

The only event I witnessed was one bee running off another bee, but it was a single event and it looked like the bee didn't fit in with the rest of the group here.  No real sign of robbing.

I read somewhere online that older bees have less hair, but a biologist seems to refute that theory, so I don't really know how old these little bees are.

No fanning, no guarding, no defensiveness, really.  So, things must be going well, is all that I can surmise.