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They are bent on world domination, I just know it….

Last week was the most beautiful spring weather, and like every other beekeeper our thoughts turned to the first inspection. What with the death of one of our two hives and other beekeepers reporting not only swarm preparation but also actual swarms, we approached our garage bees with some trepidation. They had been giving off … Continue reading

The Zen Research of Bumbles Bumbling

You may recall in a previous post my mentioning my friend, Jo, and her bumblebees? After watching them bumbling about (and sometimes flying away in frustration) she took the advice of helping the girls get a sense of direction. Did it work? You view the data yourselves: Pollen Count You may also remember that Jo’s … Continue reading

Winter Has been Rough, But the Girls are Hanging In There

This post will show how way behind I am in posts!  This time of year it seems that if you are away from home even for one day things change. New blooms, new seedlings,  new chicks, and multiple new weeds. Anyway, we opened up the hives about a month ago during a particularly warm spell.  I was … Continue reading

So That’s Where All the Pollen Has Gone….

I think there is a part of Germany whose bees may need some international aid….. Note the reasons for the artist doing this.  Given the near universal threat to bees, all that comes to mind is a British expression of sorts:  Is he having a laugh? Don’t Call the Cleaning Crew. That Yellow Spill Is Art:  Wolfgang … 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

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