|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
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.
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 5:37 PM
|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.|
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 4:37 PM
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 4:30 PM
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|
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 8:48 PM
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:
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 8:52 PM
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!!!!
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 8:41 PM
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.
Posted by VOGTHORSTAR at 4:35 PM