Coming out of fall, I had two strong hives. When winter came, there was too much moisture in our backyard and we noticed mold on the outside of the hives. We looked inside the top bar hive observation window and saw more mold and mostly dead bees on the bottom screen. On a nice day, […]
Recently my Langstroth hive has died out from wax moths and mold. We didn’t want to start a whole new colony because it’s getting close to fall and winter and we were afraid that they would just die out in the winter. This is because there is no big nectar flow from now to then […]
Recently my top bar hive has been overrun by wax moths. In my last post, I talked about how the Langstroth bees were robbing the top bar bees because of the Honey Bee Healthy sugar water. We left the comb in the hive last week but when we took it out this week, there was […]
We found out why there was worker brood in the top bar hive. There is a queen! I got to mark my first queen (this year is yellow) before we put her back in the hive. Here is the video of me marking my first queen. We think that she is from when we put […]
This is my presentation on bee communication I gave to my 4H bee club. This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office Online.
I now have two queens in my hives. There is a very long queen in my top bar that came from the graft. I named her Queen Stalactite because she is super long like a stalactite. She is not marked yet but she will be marked with a yellow dot the next time I go […]
On March 21 we did a hive. We couldn’t find the queen at first. But then we found her on the ground so we put her back into the hive and put the bars on. We went back in the about five minutes later and we found the bees balling or death cuddling Queen Elizabeth. […]
Superseding is what honeybees do when their queen is sick and can’t lay eggs right. If she is not laying eggs, they will take a larva and turn it into a queen by feeding it royal jelly longer than worker and drone bee larvae. The supersedure cells are usually in the middle of the frame. […]