Archive for June, 2010

Inspection 2010-06-13

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I never did post on this inspection (it’s August now and I’ve backdated the post).  Pictures here:

That’s the one when I wore shorts, got stung and slashed myself with my hive tool.


Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Noah and I went out to inspect today.  Just as I was closing up, Noah said, “Hey Daddy, did you see that on frame 1!”  So I pulled frame 1 out again.

Noah says that I squished something.

Bees came out.

I was wearing shorts.

I got stung.

Worse, I slashed myself with my hive tool more times than I was stung.  Those things are sharp.

Action items:

  1. wear long pants
  2. don’t pull a frame out for a second look
  3. put the hive tool down


Bee sting:

Hive tool wound:

Inspection 2010-06-05

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Noah and I went out to check the hive today after the split on Thursday.  The new frame 7 was stripped of much of its foundation and there were rectangles of partially built comb falling off and some on the floor of the hive.  I’m interested in the idea of letting the bees build their own comb without foundation so I’m not going to replace this frame.  We’ll see what happens with the bits that are left.

This week I stumbled across this video on a beekeeping Trappist monk done by Virgina Currents:

It looks like his frames don’t have foundation on them, but perhaps there are wires.  Interesting.

Back to the inspection.  We found the queen on the outside of frame 2.

When I opened the hive, a carpenter bee fell in.  It was surrounded by bees immediately.  I fished it out and one bee stuck with it for quite some time before it got away.

I saw and killed two hive beetles in the top brood box.  I’ve only got 5 frames up there now and the box is otherwise empty.  I guess it’s hard to defend all that open space from the beetles.

Pictures here:


Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Art came over Thursday night between thunderstorms and we pulled out frame 7 and sent it home with him.  There was what we thought was a queen cell there during the last inspection and thought it best to allow the cell to mature in another hive.

Working with bees at night was very interesting.  The hive was full of them and they were quite docile.  When I put a replacement frame in for #7, it sane in slowly under its own weight as into molasses.

We looked in the new hive for the queen, just in case she hitched a ride.  We couldn’t see here and Art reported the next day that she was not there.  (I found her at home later).

Inspection 2010-05-31

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

The mid-May inspection was difficult for me, so I asked my friend Art, who’s been keeping bees longer, to help me out.

Pictures here:

Details later, but we saw a queen cell on frame 7 and decided to split that frame over to Art’s house.