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Nurse, Scalpel Please

So, We Are Third Year Beekeepers.  Can You Tell? This is bee club.  And the first rule of  bee club?  Don’t ever give the little so and so’s too much space, because they will fill it.  Bees abhor a vaccum.  Who knew they were so philisophical and scientific?  And another question, if they had too … Continue reading

False Alarm Everybody, Back into the Building or How Not to Swarm

When is a swarm not a swarm? When it is a false alarm swarm!  But let me begin at the beginning, yesterday May 7 in fact. Just before noon time when the sun was out for a bit, all was looking pleasant at the main hive where we have gone to brood and a half.  Bees were … Continue reading

Now I Am Really Scared: are they lulling us into a false sense of smug beekeeping?

Because I wouldn’t put it past them. It’s usual for them to freak me out by doing something that looks distinctly bad.  For instance, we had a hard frost around the beginning of April with the resulting scene above on the flight deck of the swarm hive the next morning. Moreover, when the sun shines and … Continue reading

There’s an Air of Expectancy Around Here or Will They or Won’t They? (1)

Hieme conduntur-unde enim firmae puinas nivesque et aquilonum flatus perferre vires? – sane et insect omnia, sed minus diu quae parietibus nostris occultata mature tepefiunt. circa apes aut temporum locorumve ratio mutate est, aut erraverunt priories. conduntur a vergiliarum occasu et latent ultra exortum – adeo non as veris initium, ut dixere, nec quisquam in … Continue reading

And Suddenly Descends the Spectre of Death*

Cornices et alio pabulo, ut quae duritiam nucis rostro repugnantem volantes in altum in saxa tegulasve iaciant iterum ac saepius, donec quassatam perfringere queant. ipsa ales est inauspicatae garrulitatis, a quibusdam tamen laudata. ab arcturi sidere ad hirundinum adventum notatur eam in Minervae lucis templisque raro, alicubi omnino non aspici, sicut Athenis; * inauspicatissima fetus … Continue reading

How’s this for a Queen Bee, only it’s a bird!

De ramis cadunt folia, nam viror totus periit, iam calor liquit omnia et abiit; nam signa coeli ultima sol petiit. Iam nocet frigus teneris, et avis bruma leditur. (taken from a 13th century ms., and published in Mediaval Latin Lyrics, trans. Helen Waddell.  Norton 1977.  For translation, see below) This is one bird that not … Continue reading

Flash Food Mob!

(No, I didn’t take this photo.  All the ones I took of my mob were crap.  But same principle, except multiply the birds by at least three, add a few waiting in the wings in trees and underneath the feeder. But minus the snow.  More of these wonderful photos can be found at http://www.squidoo.com/royalty-free-bird-photos and were taken … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV: SWARM! (an update)

As you can see from the caption, not my swarm.  But, I so liked the ingenious-ness (sp? word?) of the approach that I had to take time out from my own swarm issues so that you can enjoy it as well.  This swarm comes courtesy of one of our bee guides who also happens to … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV, or who stole our bees and left us with these imposters?

aliae purissima mella stipant, et liquido distendunt nectare cellas. sunt, quibis ad portus cecidit custodia sortis, inque vicum speculantur aquas et nubila caeli I thought it worthwhile to repeat a few lines from the last bee post concerning nectar production.  Last summer, and right up to the time we closed the hive down for the … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV: The invasion of the drones!

BkIV:The Nature and Qualities of Bees solae communes natos, consortia tecta urbis habent, magnisque agitant sub legibus aevum, et patrium solae et certos novere Penates; venturaeque hiemis memores aestate laborem experiuntur et in medium quaesita reponunt. namquealiae victu invigilant et foedere pacto exercentur agris; pars intra saepta domorum Narcissi lacrimum et lentum de cortice gluten … Continue reading

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