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What happens in a leaderless state?

This is what we were pondering a few weeks back (running about a couple of weeks behind with these posts). The good news is we seem to have come through the swarm season 2 for 4: 2 caught and rehomed, 2 that got away. The bad news appears to be that swarms have stopped because … Continue reading

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

Ah, They’re a Bunch of Old Softies Really

Verum ubi ductores acie revocaveris ambo, deterior qui visus, eum, ne prodigus obsit, dede neci; melior vacua sine regnet in aula. But when both leaders from the battlefield are recalled, do to death him who seems inferior, that he be not a waste and bane; let the better reign in a clear court. Virgil The Georgics … Continue reading

Of Swarms and Inspections 2014: It Continues (Part 2)

In which the beekeeper describes the first official inspection, or what can be described as a game of two halves, er I think, to quote from some sport I never watch. Beginner beekeepers may 1) want to look away, or 2) look on these problems (some self-induced by negligent beekeeping) and learn…. 4 May 2014 … Continue reading

Are ‘eu’ social?

No, not ‘e-u’ but as in ‘yew’  or ‘u’ or….Maybe you should just skip to the middle.  In the mean time, just know that They’re Alive! We, or rather my husband, mustered up the courage last weekend to invade bee space again. I had to do my taxes.  Believe me, bee stings would have been … Continue reading

Now that summer’s over….

  Not that it has ever started here in the UK.  I sit here typing this as it pours with rain.  Rain or cold or both has been the theme so far, with summer days that can be counted on two hands. My blueberries are waiting, my cherries (I actually have them this year!) are … Continue reading

Fenland Bee Artist Colony

 primum favos construunt, ceram fingunt, hoc est domos cellasque faciunt, dein subolem, postea mella,ceram ex floribus, melliginem e lacrimis arborum quae glutinum pariunt, salicis, ulmi, harundinis suco, cummi, resina.   Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, Karl Friedrich Theodor Mayhoff, Ed.  Who are we to stand in the way of artistes? I mean, I thought we had … Continue reading

I’m Breaking My Promise…

When I said no more about bees for a bit on Friday I lied.  Because, of course, they do seem to like to go from crisis to crisis to get my attention.  I am currently reading the Hunger Games in anticipation of a visit from my neice.  We did hive inspections on June 5th and little … Continue reading

They Have Been Working On My Last Nerve…

Ever hear of the evil eye?  Well, that’s what I called down upon myself a few posts ago.  Not so much the Evil Eye, as the Evil Hive.  Remember, that this is the hive that swarmed and unswarmed in early May?  Well, here is a little taster of what they have been up to since, … Continue reading

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

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