In the picture it shows bees festooning in my top bar hive. Festooning happens when the bees build a bridge across the bars. Some people think different theories about why bees festoon. They think it could be to build comb or fix comb or to measure the space between the combs. Researchers say that they […]
In this blog post, we’ll be making carrot honey applesauce. Ingredients: 2 apples 1 carrot cinnamon stick, broken in half honey to taste Instructions: Peel the apple and skin the carrots. Slice the carrots into little pieces. Fill two different pots with water and put peeled apples in one and the carrots in another. Put […]
Now that winter is here we need to make some adjustments to our hives. We need to make sure that we can make our bees live and stay though the winter. First you need to put the bottom board in so they can keep warm. We will keep feeding our bees just in case there […]
There was a caterpillar in my herbs. I thought about sharing these photos on the blog. In the top picture you can see the string where he started a chrysalis.
This is a recipe for a refreshing tea. Ingredients: 4 cups of water 20 mint leaves honey 4 Stevia leaves Directions: Put water into a pan Bring to boil Add mint and Stevia leaves Steep leaves for 5 minutes Add honey to taste Add ice
A proboscis is a bee’s tongue that sticks out to suck the nectar or water. When they’re done using it, they slide it back and fold it on top of their head. The picture shows a dead bee I found on this sidewalk. She died with her proboscis out. Source of information: http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/insects/ahb/inf2.html
A month and a half ago I got my new beehive. We have done three inspections since we got the hive. The bees have stored up their pollen pantries and put some honey in the hive. They’ve built up some new honeycomb. The picture of the frame is new comb they have built. We found […]
I got my new bees a couple of weeks ago. We got the bees from a fellow 4-H member. He kept them in a nuke while the bees built comb on five frames. A nuc is a starter hive that can only hold 5 frames. We have been giving them sugar water for food so […]
I got my new top bar beehive in April. We first had to build the top bar hive. Then we had to paint it. I painted the hive light blue and the little orange square is where the observation window is. The observation window is a way to see the bees at work without disturbing […]
This video shows a queen bee laying her egg in a brood cell. The queen is marked with a blue dot. I got this video at the McDonald’s Garden Center Outdoor Show. These frames of bees are from Ms. R’s of Hampton Roads Beekeepers topbar hive.