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9.30.2011

More of What the Bees Are Eating in Our Garden Right Now


Boneset

Wild volunteer

Wild volunteer

Clematis

Souvenir de Malmaison

Nachotiches Noisettes

Marie Pavie


9.23.2011

Happy Solstice!

 Our kitchen garden 
 The days are getting cooler as the sunlight shifts southwards and  the days will become shorter  as winter arrives. We are still hosting many hummingbirds who drain our feeders daily. The kitchen garden, full of tarragon and sage , rosemary and melissa,  has been ravaged by the geese and they have eaten all the thyme! No matter...  The bees are loving the flowers in the large planters and the drips left by the migrating hummers as they pass through. The hives are less active in the morning until the sun warms their hives.

Trying on a Bee Bonnet



What the Bees are Dining on Now in Our Garden

The lovebugs love it, what ever it is...
Not sure what this is yet... any ideas?
new vine in the yard this summer

beautiful wild 
Last of the clematis to bloom
Gardenia Blossom

lantana
lantana
Small yellow flowers on this new " volunteer"


Josephine Bonaparte's Souvenier de Malmasion


Nacotiches Niosette- floribuna- the  bees favorite

Passionflower vine

more Passionflowers covered in dew

They look like tiny orchids, not sure what they are

Spider Lillies
unknown tiny white booms 
???

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9.22.2011

Southeast Louisiana Beekeeper's Website is Live!

Check out the site, the blog and the Buzzboard Bee Forum! 


What is Apitherapy?



Bee Pollen or Bee "Bread"( top) 
Beeswax (top left)
Propolis ( bottom left) and Honey ( right)
 all gathered from Anya's Hive


Freshly gathered Bee 'Bread" or Bee Pollen from Anya's Hive
Notice the the different layers and colors of pollen?

"Api"- or "Bee"-therapy is the use of products made by honeybees for health and wellness; honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, and beeswax, and even bee venom!

Here are a few sites to help you learn more:


 Vanderbilt University's page on The effects of Bee Pollen on Energy and Weight Loss
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ans/psychology/health_psychology/beepollen.htm

Lance Armstrong's Live Strong Website on Bee Pollen
http://www.livestrong.com/article/85925-eat-bee-pollen/

Bee Pollen and Multiple Sclerosis
http://www.livestrong.com/article/544831-bee-pollen-multiple-sclerosis/

Use of Bee Venom as Anti- Inflammatory Aid
http://www.livestrong.com/article/115595-benefits-bee-venom/

Bee Pollen for Athletes
http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/honey-benefits-for-athletes.html

American Cancer Society's Apitherapy link
http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/PharmacologicalandBiologicalTreatment/apitherapy?sitearea=ETO


The Amercian Apitherapy Society
http://www.apitherapy.org/


FAO AGRICULTURAL SERVICES BULLETIN No. 124
http://www.fao.org/docrep/w0076e/w0076e00.htm#con
 Has a tremendous amount of information on bees and bee products and their uses, including using honey for wound dressing and mouth ulcers, pollen as  food supplement and a prostate cancer aid, propolis for antibacterial mouth washes, and of course, bee venom therapies and more

 a sample of the above site:


"Antibacterial activity

Antibacterial activity is the easiest to test and is probably the most studied biological activity of honey. In normal honey it is attributed to high sugar concentration and acidity (pH range 3.5 to 5.0). Yet, since also diluted honey has shown antibacterial activity, the active ingredient was attributed to an elusive substance generically termed "inhibin". Much of this activity was later attributed to hydrogen peroxide (H202) an enzymatic by-product during the formation of gluconic acid from glucose. The responsible enzyme, glucose oxidase is basically inactive in concentrated normal honey. Thus, in honey solutions (diluted honey) with the right pH, antibacterial activity is largely due to the presence of hydrogen peroxide. The biological significance of such a mechanism arises from the requirement to protect immature honey (with high moisture content) inside the colony until higher sugar concentrations are achieved.
Both mechanisms can partially explain the sterilizing effect of honey on wounds and some of its efficacy against cold infections, but it does not explain its beneficial effect on burn wounds (Heggers, et al., 1987) and faster wound healing with less scarred tissue. Subralimanyam (1993) has experienced 100% acceptance of skin grafts after storage in honey for up to 12 weeks. Antibacterial activity varies greatly between different types of honey (Dustmann, 1979; Revathy and Banerji, 1980; Jeddar et al., 1985 and Molan et al., 1988). In addition to glucose oxidase, honey seems to contain other mostly unknown substances with antibacterial effects, among which are polyphenols. These other factors have been identified in a few cases (Toth et al., 1987; Bogdanov, 1989 and Molan et al., 1989) but as a whole there are few scientific studies on the various claims of the beneficial effects of honey. However, it has been well demonstrated that most of the antibacterial activities of honey are lost after heating or prolonged exposure to sunlight (Dustmann, 1979)."


"3.4.2 Scientific evidence
The only long-term observations on the medicinal effect of pollen are related to prostate problems and allergies. Several decades of observations in Western European countries and a few clinical tests have shown pollen to be effective in treating prostate problems ranging from infections and swelling to cancer (Denis, 1966 and Ask-Upmark, 1967).
Supplementation of animal diets with pollen has shown positive weight gain and other beneficial effects for piglets, calves, broiler chickens and laboratory cultures of insect (see 3.5.2).
Certain bacteriostatic effects have been demonstrated (Chauvin et al, 1952) but this is attributed to the addition of glucose oxidase (the same enzyme responsible for most antibacterial action in honey) by the honeybee when it mixes regurgitated honey or nectar with the pollen (Dustmann and Gunst, 1982). Therefore, this activity varies between pollen pellets and is much higher in beebread. A very slight antibacterial effect can also be detected in pollen collected by hand (Lavie, 1968).
There is some evidence that ingested pollen can protect animals as well as humans against the adverse effects of x-ray radiation treatments (Wang et al., 1984; Hernuss et al., 1975, as cited in Schmidt and Buchmann, 1992)."





9.16.2011

Grace/Anya's Mid Septemeber Hive Check Video

Mid September Hive Check

Honeybee on the top of a frame
Anya's Hive
Lots of Honeybees gathering together to stay warm
Inside view of the hive


Side view of Luba's Brood frame

worker bees clinging to the sides of Luba's brood frame
closeup view
Closeup of Honeybees
"Pollen Pals" in Luba's Bee bread storage area of the hive
more Pollen storage
Beautiful Fall Pollen Colors in Luba's Hive!
Comb full of Bee bread made of Pollen
Honey in progress in Luba's Hive
Bunch of Bees
Luba's Brood comb
Closer view of Luba's Brood