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6.09.2012

Mark Your Calendars for June 18-24

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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.