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6.29.2012

Isabella Rosselini -Short Film on the Queen Bee

Isabella Rosselli 's Short films on Honeybees



Short Film on the Drone bee..
Viewer warning..  mature material  and audience only -honey bee sexual content and imagery

Our Bees are Washboarding!

basically, Washboarding means that they are licking the hive clean.. that s what their back and forth, up and down movement is.. they are literally licking their landing board and hive exterior clean. This is a hygienic display.

Our Honeybees on Our Passionflower Blossoms


Incoming! Honeybees foraging on our Passiflora Vine Blossom.
Close-up of the Honeybee landing
 Do you think this is an Italian?
 or  a Russian honeybee??

Honeybees vs. Yellow Jackets

This is a Honey Bee.
It  lives in a hive and is a female field Bee.
It  gatheres netcar and pollen form plants
and brings them back to the hive
 to assist in making honey.
It can only sting once and then it will die.

This is a Yellow Jacket.
 It is not a honey bee- it is a predatory WASP 
Vespula squalmosa
It also Stings.. and can sting REPEATEDLY!!!
but does not live in a hive , but in a nest, often on the ground.
They feed on fruits,  flower nectar, tree sap,  
and also other insects such as bees
 or even meats and fish! As such , 
they are the enemies of the honeybee.

6.18.2012

Honey and Honeycomb Harvest


Freshly jarred Honey from our Hives 
Freshly gathered honeycomb from our hives
The comb is cut into sections from the frames
 Our recent harvest from the hive

6.17.2012

Hive Check and Honey Harvest

Comb laid out on foundation

Grace's new comb -no foundation-
larger and wider than the comb built on foundation.
This was all built  since my last visit to her hive!

Honey already being made on this frame

Capped Honeycomb from Luba's Hive

Rich and golden side view of the comb from Luba's Hive.

Scores from where the crimped wire was removed
from the foundation before boxing the comb.

 All in all I have gathered about 40 lbs of honey on comb
in the last week from two hives.
 I have shared most with friends and family already.
 I know too many honey-bears!





Why I Wear a Beekeeping Suit

These are bee stingers with the venom sacs still attached.
 I am not macho about beekeeping.
I have no need to wear little or no protective clothing while working with bees,
 and I respect that the bees don't always want to be bothered.
 Especially when working a hive that I am unfamiliar with, as with this one.
I picked these bee stingers off of my suit after trying to visit a  hive on a friend's property.
They did not want to be bothered. They let me know quickly.
I learned my limits that night.
I am content to work my own hives.

6.12.2012

Honey From Hope, Love and Grace's Hive

I had a visit from my brother and his wife today.
They were in town visiting from Southern California. 
 I invited him to help me gather honey from the hives.  
We took out 5 frames from 3 hives.  
I showed her how to make lipgloss and hand cream from the beeswax. 
 It was a nice visit. Short in time, but full in sharing. 
I hope that he and his wife find a way to keep bees in the future.

Freshly Capped Honey on Frames
Me and My Brother 
Future Beekeepers?

6.09.2012

Mark Your Calendars for June 18-24

http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/images/poster2011-small.jpg


National Pollinator Week is June 18-24.
Here are some links to help you get to know your pollinators!

 The Pollinator Partnership:

US Fish and Wildlife Pollinators:

Poster  identification link:
http://www.pollinator.org/PDFs/Identifying_Native_Bees_PosterFINAL.pdf

Reading Beeconomy by Tammy Horn


I can't put it down!!

Go and get you a copy and read it today!!




 Tammy also wrote 
 Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation
 If you haven't read that yet- you need to read that too!!!!

Beeswax & Burlap

Beeswax from my hives melted and
sorted into squares for  easy measuring
Burlap Coffee Bags from the Farmer's Market
for use in the hive smoker

Mercy

I got a call from a friend who asked me to help him
with an old hive that was abandoned on his property
when the beekeeper passed away.
I hope I can help.
If I am successful, this hive will be named  "Mercy"
I'll post the process as it, or if it happens...





Hives in the Heat of Day and Night

When bees cover the front of a hive or any other surface as below, 
it is called " bearding" .
 They do this to get out of a hot hive and into the cool  night air.










When they spray for Mosquitos in our area, 
I cover the hives to protect any bees 
that are bearding outside the hives 
from accidently being sprayed.